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A.C. Flora claims Region 4-4A title with win over Dreher




A. C. Flora’s Grant Loggins pitches a complete game against Dreher. He gave up no runs and struck out five. Photo by Mike Maddock

A. C. Flora’s Grant Loggins pitches a complete game against Dreher. He gave up no runs and struck out five. Photo by Mike Maddock

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The A.C. Flora Falcons got a complete game shutout from Grant Loggins in a 3-0 win over the Dreher Blue Devils Tuesday, April 26. Loggins also surrendered just three hits and struck out five.

His most impressive inning may have come in the bottom of the sixth. Dreher’s Josh Elliott reached on an error, and Shane Keup singled to give the Blue Devils two on with one out. Two batters later, Micah Elliott singled to load the bases with two outs. However, Loggins was able to get out of the jam by forcing a ground out to end the inning.

“When the lefty got up there, we were behind on the count, and we tried to crowd him hard and make him hit our pitch,” A. C. Flora head coach Andy Hallett said. “ We weren’t going to serve him up with a base open knowing we had a right-on-right coming up behind him. The kid hit a really good pitch. Fortunately, it doesn’t leave the infield and load the bases. Then we are able to face right-on-right, which makes the breaking ball that much more effective and get the routine ground ball.”

A.C. Flora’s Phillips Daniels hits a home run against Dreher. Photo by Mike Maddock

A.C. Flora’s Phillips Daniels hits a home run against Dreher. Photo by Mike Maddock

While Loggins kept Dreher off the scoreboard, the Falcons were able to scratch across three runs against Keup, who also pitched a complete game.

A. C. Flora got to Keup in the second inning, starting with a two-out double by Charles Flake. Hunter Helmly followed with a double scoring Flake to put the Falsaid, cons ahead 1-0. Arthur Gudmundson then reached on an error, scoring Helmly to extend the A.C. Flora lead to 2-0.

The score held until the top of the fifth when Phillips Daniels hit a leadoff home run over the center field fence to give the Falcons a 3-0 lead.

“I’m really proud of our kids. We had great at bats. We hit the ball hard, a lot,” Hallett said. “We hit right at them. Sometimes you are the nail, and sometimes you are the hammer. Tonight, every time we hammered it, they just happened to be ready for it and made great plays. I can’t fault my kids. When you make hard outs like that against an arm like that, I’m happy with my kids at bats. We only had three runs but we had really good at bats. He’s (Keup) really good for a reason. He’s going to play Division One baseball. To get two from the bottom of the lineup is huge. To get them with two outs is even better. And then Phil gets the big ball to give us a little insurance. We’ve had a long two weeks, and to come back and play at a high level, I’m really proud of them.”

Dreher’s Shane Keup pitches a complete game against A.C. Flora allowing just two earned runs while striking out four.

Dreher’s Shane Keup pitches a complete game against A.C. Flora allowing just two earned runs while striking out four.

With the win A. C. Flora captures the Region 4-4A championship and a No. 1 seed in the upcoming playoffs.

“Going into the week we knew we had to win one of these two games (against Dreher),” Hallett said. The Falcons will host Dreher April 29. “They had two losses, and we didn’t have any, so we knew that it was going to be a really good game. We knew they had a really good team with a really good arm. To pick up the win here and know on Friday we are playing for pride, and we’re going to be a No. 1 seed moving forward, it’s a really big deal for us to play at Falcon Field for a little while.”

Helmly finished 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored for A.C. Flora. Daniels went 1-for-4 with the home run for an RBI and a run scored. Charles Flake was 1-for-2 with a run scored.

Keup threw a complete game for Dreher giving up just two earned runs on four hits. He struck out four batters. Keup also went 1-for-3 at the plate. Micah Elliott went 1- for- 2, and Jack Painter was 1-for-3.

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