“It just felt amazing,’’ Freeman said of the big inning. “We’d come back from it a lot. We did it against Colquitt [County] trailing 6-2 in an elimination game in the semifinals]. It’s our motto: One team, one dream. We did it as a team.’’
The 21-10 score marked the first time a Georgia championship series game had 30 runs or more since 2005, when Jason Heyward’s Henry County team beat Buster Posey and Lee County 16-14 in Game 3 of a AAAA final.
Hillgrove, which used six pitchers, had made an impressive comeback of its own, coming from 8-4 down to lead 10-8 with a six-run third. Tyler Graham hit a two-run homer in the inning. Hillgrove’s Justin Motley and Tyler Mauzy had three hits apiece in the game.
But Jack Esmonde (4-1), Parkview’s third pitcher and normally its closer, shut out Hillgrove over the final four innings and got the win.
‘’In a Game 3, whoever gets outs is going to win, and we weren’t able to get 21 outs in time,’’ said Hillgrove coach David Richardson, whose team was playing in its first baseball final in its five-year history. “The bottom line is you have to tip your cap to Parkview. Thirteen runs in the seventh is unheard of.’’