Tak­ing down the state champs: Logue tosses com­plete game as La Plata wins 2A South crown

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

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.

PHOTO BY ROB WORMAN

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.

PHOTO BY ROB WORMAN

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.

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