Loganville unloaded on Madison County Friday before the rain had a chance to.
The Red Devils beat the Red Raiders 10-0 in five innings in Loganville, ending the game just before serious thunderstorms drenched north Georgia.
Madison County (15-4, 11-2) hasn’t returned to the field since. The Raiders’ Monday contest with Monroe Area was canceled twice due to rain.
The two teams will play today (Thursday) in Danielsville at 5:30 p.m.
Madison County moves on to face Habersham Central at home Friday at 6:20 p.m.
At press time, Madison County and Heritage were tied atop the Region 8-AAAA standings.
The beating at the hands of Loganville was a reverse of the 12-2 stomping the Raiders administered to the Red Devils on March 17.
“It was kind of like, different team, but the same thing that happened when we played them first,” Griffeth said.
The defending state champions scored three runs in the second, four more in the third, two in the fourth and ended the game with an RBI single with no outs in the fifth.
Meanwhile, Red Devil starting pitcher Clay Garner handcuffed Madison County, holding the Raiders to just three hits as they suffered their second loss in the last three region games.
“A player can make a difference,” Griffeth said. “It’s all about starting pitching and who’s on and who isn’t and who can dominate and who can’t.”
Two days earlier, Madison County drilled Salem 10-0 to sweep the season series from the Seminoles.
Starter Jack May allowed just two hits over six innings, striking out five and walking none.
Offensively, both Seth Fleming and Ben Morris socked three-run homers as Madison County run-ruled another foe. Morris’s homer came in third inning, while Fleming’s round-tripper, his third in as many games, came in the fourth.
Dustin Roberts added two hits and two RBIs.
From the mound, May used his change-up, breaking ball and fastball effectively to work through the Seminole lineup with ease.
“He just had three pitches working,” Griffeth said.
Madison County’s 10-0 win over Salem and subsequent 10-0 loss to Loganville continued a strange trend of one-sided games involving playoff contenders this year in Region 8-AAAA.
“There have been a lot of lopsided games between quality teams,” Griffeth said.