Posted: Tuesday, April 22nd 2014 at 2:11am
Baseball: Falcons stay alive in 8-AAAAA with wild finish to beat Loganville
By Luke Story Staff
FLOWERY BRANCH – With virtually no margin for error as they chase a playoff berth, the Flowery Branch baseball team demonstrated the true meaning of the word clutch Monday.
The Falcons rallied twice from early deficits and then used a three-run seventh inning to pull off a remarkable 11-10 victory over Loganville at the Hog Mountain Sports Complex.
Flowery Branch provided much of its own adversity yielding 10 walks on the mound and 11 stolen bases and committing three errors on the night. But none of that eventually mattered after Dylan Gibeau singled in Jonathan Hughes to cap a wild final inning where the Falcons took advantage of two huge Loganville errors.
“Of course, I’m very proud of them right now,” Flowery Branch coach Scott Myers said. “Thats what good teams do, they take advantage of other team’s mistakes and score in crunch time.”
Gibeau’s hit was clutch in more ways than one. With four games in five days, starting Monday, to wrap up the regular season, it’s basically all or nothing for the Falcons.
If the Falcons win its series finale at Loganville Tuesday and sweep its two-game series against Winder Barrow on Thursday and Friday, the they will wrap up the region’s No. 2 seed and home field throughout the first round. However, one lose and they could find themselves on the outside looking in.
“As it stands right now, we need to remain confident, resilient and continue to win in order to make the playoffs,” Myers said.
Flowery Branch’s resiliency would be tested early, as Loganville would score two runs in the top of the first inning on two Falcons errors.
Flowery Branch (14-7 overall, 9-4 Region 8-AAAAA) would bounce back by taking its first lead with a four-run, two-out rally in the third inning. Hughes, who scored four runs on the night, started the rally with a walk. Justin Seabolt laced a single to left on the next pitch, and Gibeau reached on an error to load the bases. Stephen Skeggs and Andrew Nolt then followed with back-to-back doubles to give the Falcons the lead.
It would be short-lived, however, as the Red Devils (16-6, 10-2) would score four runs in the fourth and three more in the fifth.
The Falcons rallied back with a pair of runs in the fifth and a Hughes solo home run in the sixth and trailed 10-8 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning.
The riveting seventh inning was sparked by the Falcons Matt McVey and Cooper Harrison, who both reached after getting hit by pitches. With one out, Hughes walked to load the bases.
McVey would score on a Loganville error and Harrison scored on a wild pitch to tie the game. Hughes moved to third on yet another throwing error by the Devils setting up Gibeau’s game-winning RBI single.
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