The Apalachee High School baseball team made things interesting in the bottom of the seventh inning Monday against perennial region and state power Loganville High School, but in the end, the Wildcats were left on the short end of a 4-3 decision.
Trailing 4-1 going into its final chance at the plate, AHS pushed two runs across and had the tying run on third base, but was not able to even the score or perhaps rally for the win.
While pleased with how his team played in several areas, coach Mike Cavey said the Wildcats cannot be satisfied with “almost.”
“We are living with almost and being close,” Cavey said afer the Region 8-AAAAA contest. “We have to be the team that gets it done when the game is on the line. Good teams find a way to win. We came close in the last inning, but at the end of the day we scored one less run than our opponent.”
Kody Glausier got the call as the starting pitcher against the LHS Red Devils and worked 5.2 innings and recorded five strikeouts.
LHS scored one run in the top of the first, taking advantage of a one-out triple and a fielder’s choice.
The game remained 1-0 until the top of the fourth when the Red Devils pushed two more runs across. A hit batter and defensive error led to one run while another was brought home on a sacrifice fly.
AHS put its first run of the game on the board in the bottom of the fifth when Tyler Starnes, who had reached base on an infield single, later scored on a wild throw by Loganville’s pitcher to first base in an attempt to keep a Wildcat runner close.
LHS scored what turned out to be an important run in the top of the sixth after the Red Devils were the recipient of a two-out walk and a single.
Moving to the bottom of the seventh, AHS began its rally with walks by Wright Patterson and Austin Leazer. Jacob Campbell was called on as a courtesy runner for Leazer, who worked behind the plate Monday.
After Adams just missed a game-tying homer to deep center field, Patterson tagged and advanced to third base. Aaron Carley then crunched a two-run double that scored Patterson and Campbell.
LHS, however, would prevent the tying run to cross home and escaped with the win.
The Red Devils improved to 10-4 overall, but more importantly 5-0 in Region 8-AAAAA.
AHS meanwhile now stands at 6-9 overall and 1-4 against region foes. The two teams are set to meet against Wednesday (today) in Loganville at 5:55 p.m.
“We had some good at bats in the last inning,” Cavey said. “However, when you are playing good teams like Loganville who know how to win and who expect to win then you can’t have even little mistakes. Those hurt you in the end. We gave up four runs today and we gave them some of those. That will cost you most of the time against good teams.”
While Monday’s loss to LHS was a tough one, Cavey said his team splitting the series with Salem last week really hurt.
“We played poor all last week,” Cavey said. “We weren’t ready to play against Salem. If we had played against Salem the way we did against Loganville today, then we sweep the Salem series no doubt about it.”
AHS is trying to make the postseason for the first time in program history. After completing its series with LHS, the Wildcats will host Cedar Shoals High School Monday.