Taking down the state champs: Logue tosses complete game as La Plata wins 2A South crown
Through six innings La Plata led 4-0 and pitcher Scott Logue had not allowed any runs with eight strikeouts in Friday’s Class 2A South Region championship baseball game versus Anne Arundel County’s Southern.
The top of the seventh would pose a bit of a challenge for Logue, but he was up for it.
After giving up a bases-loaded one-out single to Dillon Waters for the Southern’s first run of the game, Chad Holt followed up with a RBI groundout to drive in Gabe Valdez to bring La Plata’s lead to just two runs.
The La Plata senior bared down and struck out DJ Coleman for the final out, guiding the Warriors to a 4-2 victory over two-time defending 2A state champion Bulldogs.
Logue went the full seven innings and finished with 10 strikeouts and surrendered two runs on six hits with two walks.
“A lot was going through my mind on that final out, but I just threw it on the corner and hit my spot,” Logue said. “It feels amazing, couldn’t of imagined anything better. The rest of the team just pick me up and we came out with the win.”
Logue also noted that he played travel ball for a few seasons with Waters, also Southern’s pitcher who went 5 1/3 innings and struck out seven batters, allowing three earned runs on seven hits with five walks.
“Scott Logue was in control from the beginning to end. He is a great pitcher and La Plata played great defense
behind him,” said Southern head coach Kyle Lynch, whose team left seven runners in scoring position in a two-run loss. “We had runners on base we just couldn’t cash with big hits. We finished strong in the end, but we couldn’t pull through.”
La Plata (20-2 overall), which captured its sixth region title since 2008, was a region finalist in the 3A South last season. In their first year in the 2A South, the Warriors were able to top the region.
With the victory, the Warriors, who defeated Patuxent 7-2 in the Section I final on Thursday to reach Friday’s region final, advanced to Tuesday’s state semifinals to take on Baltimore County’s Eastern Tech at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring.
“It is special to beat Southern’s No. 1 pitcher [Waters],” La Plata head coach John Childers said. “That kid had given up seven runs all year and gives up four to us today. It is great to beat a very good team in a big game, especially a game that is tight like that. It shows our character and it a lot of fun.”
La Plata took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Jake Hanks drove in Brett Pilkerton on a single.
In the bottom of the third, Waters got into some trouble as he walked three straight batters. La Plata’s Quinn Krahling was walked to load the bases with two outs. Nick Stuery was then walked, which brought home courtesy runner James Bruce for the second run of the game. The Warriors went up 3-0 when Waters walked Peytyn Gray, bringing Hanks to home plate.
La Plata, which left nine runners on base, tacked on one more run in the bottom of the sixth when Gray scored on an error by the second baseman Valdez.
Pilkerton and Hanks led the Warriors with two hits each, while Waters also had two hits to lead Southern.
“They won the state backto-back years, this definitely gave us a lot of confidence,” Pilkerton said. “I think we can go get it down on Tuesday. [Waters] was a very good pitcher. We just made him throw to us and not hit his pitch until we saw something good to hit.”
Southern, which defeated Gwynn Park of Prince George’s County 4-1 in Thursday’s Section II final, finished 12-12 on the season.
The La Plata Warriors baseball team celebrate after claiming a 4-2 win over the Southern Bulldogs of Anne Arundel County in Friday’s Class 2A South Region championship at La Plata High School. It’s the Warriors’ sixth region title since 2008.
La Plata’s Peytyn Gray runs home for the team’s fourth run after a throwing error in the bottom of the sixth inning of Friday’s 4-2 win over two-time defending state champion Southern of Anne Arundel County in the Class 2A South Region baseball championship game. It was the Warriors’ sixth region title since 2008.