Houston County braces for decisive third game

The Houston County baseball team came very close to winning the GHSA Class AAAAA championship Monday, but after the Bears were forced to a third game it was mostly a relaxed team exiting the locker room after the doubleheader.

“Sure, we would have liked to end the season on Monday, but Loganville has a very good baseball team,” Houston County head coach Jason Brett said. “These kids won’t worry about this game for long, and I expect us to come out here and play very loose on Tuesday. We have a one-game series now for the state championship, and we have played game threes before. We definitely know what to expect.”

Tanner Hall, who will start on the mound for Houston County on Tuesday, knows about success in Game 3s, pitching a shutout against Gainesville a week ago to advance the Bears to the title round.

“I am very excited about Tuesday, and I can’t think of a better way to end my high school career than to be on the mound in the final game of the state championship,” Hall said. “We did have a chance to finish the series, but I can’t say I am surprised about being pushed to a third game. We will come out (Tuesday) as a team and try to play our best game of the year. I don’t think I will be too nervous (Tuesday), but I know I will be very focused all day long.”

Brett insists he will not be too nervous with a battle-tested team taking the field in the final game.

“I will admit that I probably won’t sleep much, but it’s not because I don’t have total confidence in this team,” Brett said. “I like having Tanner Hall on the mound in a big game, and he has been there before and has come through for us so many times over his career. I know.” we will get another huge crowd in here (Tuesday), and I am just excited to have one more game to win for a state championship.”

Loganville probably will have senior Ryan English on the mound. English pitched the deciding game last week against South Effingham.

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