With based loaded in the fourth, Loganville’s Matthew Heard stepped up to the plate. The junior connected on a pitch and beat out the throw to first, allowing Chandler Haulk to score from third. However, heads-up base running by senior Michael Mason allowed the Red Devils to plate another run to tie the game.
The Panthers were quick to regain the lead in the top of the fifth as pinch hitter Alex Ukleja smacked an RBI double to center field to put Starr’s Mill on top again. The lead was extended in the sixth after a wild pitch and fielding error allowed another Panthers’ runner to cross home plate.
Starr’s Mill held Loganville scoreless through the final inning of the game, denying the Red Devils a fourth consecutive state title in Class 5A, securing the Panthers’ first in school history. Starr’s Mill starting pitcher senior Daniel Courtney finished the game with seven strikeouts, allowing just four hits through seven innings.