McCullers sent Jeremy Holcomb’s 0-2 pitch over the Griffin center field wall to lift the Red Devils to a 5-4 win in the Game 2 of the Class AAAA state championship series Friday at the Bears’ Den.
“Ever since I was a little kid I dreamed of something like that. It’s just a dream come true,” McCullers said of his second home run of the day.
Loganville downed Griffin 7-1 in the first game to give the Red Devils their first baseball state title in school history
“(Holcomb) just left the pitch out on the plate against a great hitter. That’s what great hitters do,” Griffin coach Jamie Cassady said. “But I’m still real proud of Holcomb’s performance out there.”
Griffin got on the board first in Game 2 with a run by Tim Beckham. Greg Fietsam hit a two-run home run in the top of the third inning and Henteves Jester scored on a Loganville error in the fourth inning to stake the Bears to a 4-0 lead. But Loganville recovered with four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, with two of those runs coming off Drew Smith’s two-run home run to left field.
Loganville reliever Casey Shiver struck out four of the six Griffin batters he faced in the final two innings to get the win.
In Game 1, Loganville starting pitcher Drew Payne limited Griffin to a season-low one run en route to a 7-1 Red Devils victory.
The Bears committed five errors in the game to allow four unearned Loganville runs.
“We just didn’t play well defensively in the first ball game,” Cassady said.
Loganville got out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning with help from three Griffin errors. The Bears scored their only run of the game in the bottom half of the inning on a run by Beckham.
Loganville continued its scoring in the fifth inning with a three-run home run by McCullers to jump out to a 5-1 lead. The Red Devils added two more runs in the top of the sixth inning.
The Bears offense managed just four hits off Payne, who struck out six Griffin batters.
“Games like these are going to happen,” Cassady said. “You just hope they don’t happen in these types of games.”