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Loganville ends Ola's playoff run with sweep

Photo by 
Derrick Mahone
Ola pitcher Cody Wofford goes through his delivery during the second inning of the Mustangs' 13-3 loss at third-ranked Loganville Tuesday in the quarterfinals round of the Class AAAA playoffs.

Photo by Derrick Mahone Ola pitcher Cody Wofford goes through his delivery during the second inning of the Mustangs' 13-3 loss at third-ranked Loganville Tuesday in the quarterfinals round of the Class AAAA playoffs.

By Derrick Mahone

dmahone@news-daily.com

LOGANVILLE -- Ola's historic playoff run has ended.

The Mustangs encountered a hot hitting Loganville team Tuesday on the road in the quarterfinals of the Class AAAA playoffs.

Taking advangate of its short field, the third-ranked Red Devils played long ball to sweep the best-of-three senior with a 13-3 and 15-6 victories on a cold, breezy spring evening. With the win, the Red Devils improved to 28-3-1 and advance to next week's semifinals. "We just came up on the short end of the rope," Ola coach Parejko said.

"I told my guys that every season that only one team will end the season the way they hoped to. We have a lot to be proud of because our team battled all season. Loganville did a great job and you have to tip your hat to them."

When Ola's last batter was called out on strike three, it ended what had been impressive season that saw the Mustangs will their third straight region crowd and reached the quarterfinals for the first time in school history.

Parejko said his team's senior class, which includes 13 players, have left a legacy for the upcoming to try and reach.

"It was a disappointing end, but we still have a lot to be happy about," Ola senior catcher Brad Blount said. "We went the furthest of any baseball team at the school. Whatever we did beyond this point was gravy, but it still hurts in the end to lose."

Loganville, the Region 8-AAAA champion, pounded out 24 hits in 12 innings to get the sweep.

The Red Devils limited Ola to only 10 hits. In the opening game, which was called in the fifth by the 10-run rule, Loganville scored six of its runs on homers.

Ola senior Cody Wofford was tagged with the loss after giving up 11 runs in 4 1/3 innings.

"On a short field like this, you can't leave your pitches up," he said. "It is not a good feeling going home. It was our small mistakes that produced big problems. I've enjoyed this year, because we made so many accomplishments."

The Red Devils began the opening game with a leadoff home run by senior outfielder Kenneth Anderson and five innings later, senior first baseman Chance Bridges ended the contest with a two-run homer on a 2-2 count.

Anderson connected on two home runs for the game, both times when he was down in the count.

"Some of those home runs probably would have been fly balls in our park," Parejko said. "These are lessons learned. This group of seniors have raise the bar high for the underclassmen."

The Mustangs (22-9) appeared as if they would force a Game 3 when they tied the second game at 5-5 in the fourth.

However, Ola was unable to maintain the lead as Loganville produced three runs in the fifth before a six-run six inning that put the game out of reach.

"There was nothing that we could do about those home runs," Blount said. "This team had been hot, but we just didn't get the runs."