Editor's note: Because of a reporter's error, an earlier version of this article misidentified a Loganville High School baseball player. Brandon Pergantis hit a walk-off home run against Greenbrier High School. The Chronicle regrets the error. The story has been changed to reflect this.
LOGANVILLE, Ga. — The other two-out hits did damage. But it was the ball off the bat of Brandon Pergantis that won the state title.
Pergantis' two-run home run pushed Loganville’s two-out run total to 12 and clinched the Class AAAA state title with a 14-4, run-rule victory against Greenbrier.
Greenbrier used four pitchers in six innings, hoping to find a solution, but the changes led to short-term answers at best as Loganville kept adding two-out runs.
Wolfpack starting pitcher Christian Hill received the worst blows.
Hill, who earned the Game 3 win against Whitewater in the semifinals, didn’t make it through the second inning Monday.
With Garrett Ford’s two-run home run in the first and David Mayo’s three-run blast in the second, the Red
Devils were up 7-0 after their first 12 at-bats.
After the Wolfpack closed the gap to 7-4, reliever Adam Grice seemed to settle in by recording the first two outs in the bottom of the fourth. But the dangerous Clint Frazier walked to extend the inning.
The free pass could have been beneficial – Frazier hit two solo home runs in Game 2. Instead, it opened the door for trouble as the next three Red Devils hitters singled, starting with Mayo.
Mayo later scored with heads-up baserunning. As the runner ahead of him beat a throw to the plate to score on a single, the ball skipped away from the catcher. Mayo noticed the ball was far enough away to allow him to race home safely.
In a span of five hitters, Greenbrier went from being down three runs to trailing by seven.
“We were in it to win it,” Mayo said. “We’ve been working all year to get to this spot.”
After the Red Devils added a run on a sacrifice fly in the fifth, Pergantis' blast in the sixth ended the contest.
“We’ve been close the last two years, so to get this one means a lot,” Loganville coach Jeff Segars said.