AAAA baseball: Loganville splits with Greenbrier

By Stan Awtrey

For the AJC

The fact that their Class AAAA baseball series will spill over onto Memorial Day didn’t seem to bother either of the two finalists.

“Hey, if they scheduled it on the moon we’d find a way to get there,” said Greenbrier coach Chris Wilkins.

Greenbrier and host Loganville split a double-header on Saturday to force the deciding game in the best-of-three championship series, which will be played Monday at 2 p.m. at Loganville’s Red Devil Field.

Loganville (27-10) won the first game 4-2 and Greenbrier (31-4) bounced back for a 12-3 victory in the nightcap.

The opener was decided when Loganville shortstop David Mayo hit an 0-2 pitch for a three-run homer to help the Red Devils overcome a 2-1 deficit. It was sweet payback for Mayo, whose bad throw on a rundown the previous inning had allowed Greenbrier to score the go-ahead run.

Loganville’s starting pitcher, left-hander Christian Miller, kept Greenbrier off-balance with his change-up. Miller pitched five innings of one-hit ball before tiring in the 90-degree heat and giving way to Brandon Pergantis, who threw the final two innings without allowing a hit.

The hero of the second game was Greenbrier starter Austin Robinson, who was able to throw strikes and keep the ball in play. He allowed seven hits – two of them home runs by Clint Frazier – and struck out six in going the distance.

Robinson’s effectiveness enabled the Wolfpack batters to tee off on a series of four Loganville pitchers for four home runs and three doubles. Greenbrier scored four times in the second inning and never let the Devils off the canvas.

“I was just trying to give my team a chance,” Robinson said. “I knew if I pitched a good game and they got some hits, we’d win. It was a big relief getting those early runs.”

Two of the homers came from Jordan Hunt, the Georgia Tech signee who was the losing pitcher in the first game. Hunter Boose and Knox Marchman also homered for Greenbrier.

A game-three showdown isn’t anything new for either team. Loganville has had four of its playoff series go the distance, while Greenbrier need three games to win its semifinal match.

“Our guys are used to coming out and competing for seven innings and that’s what we’re going to do on Monday,” said Loganville coach Jeff Segars.

Wilkins said, “It’s going to be a dogfight. Both teams are going to fight and scratch and do everything they can to win.”

Greenbrier’s last state championship came in 2007, Loganville’s in 2008.

6 comments Add your comment

GHS Baseball

May 26th, 2012
11:32 pm

Greenbrier is #1 for a reason…play bam bam in the dugout all you want Loganville, you guys don’t hit the ball as good as Greenbrier. That is why Greenbrier will win Game 3

Wolfpack Fan

May 27th, 2012
3:00 pm

Loganville, you make yourselves look bad resorting to banging on tin cans to distract our pitchers…Clearly it didn’t work. The Pack is used to fighting and now they know what to do to beat you given the spanking you got in game 2….(game 1 was a fluke) and you won due to the worst umpiring I’ve ever seen….GO PACK!

Red Devil 4 Life!!!!!!!!

May 28th, 2012
9:05 am

I love the spirit of the Loganville team!!! Our players will play their hearts out today and hopefully bring home the win. Go Red Devils!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monroe's First Redcoat

May 28th, 2012
4:57 pm

@ GHS Baseball: Loganville opened up a can of Whoopass and ran off with it 14-4 in game 3. Don’t be too upset, the second=place trophy is nice, too…..

@Wolfpack Fan – the umpires don’t swing and miss, pal.

David Boss

May 30th, 2012
3:12 pm

Greenbrier needs to step it up to be in a class with Loganville

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1:38 pm

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