The Heritage Generals wrapped up the No. 2 seed and at least one state playoff series at home after a 12-0 shutout at LaFayette on Thursday. The win gave Heritage a sweep of the three-game series and spoiled Senior Night for the Ramblers on the final night of the regular season.
After Johnathan Hickman got Heritage on the board with a sacrifice fly in the top of the first inning, Luke Grant had an RBI in the top of the second before Lance Dockery's second home run of the series - a three-run shot - staked the Generals to a 5-0 lead.
A six-run third blew the game wide open. The Generals loaded the bases before Brody Campbell hit a two-run single past a drawn-in infield. Two batters later Grant ripped a two-run triple and Blake Bryant followed up with an RBI-double. After a Dockery single, Hill added a sacrifice fly to cap the scoring.
Bryce Bird picked up an RBI in the top of the fourth to account for the Generals' last run of the night.
LaFayette's only real threat came in the bottom of the first. Logan Teasley led off with a single against Heritage starter Cole Wilcox and Chase Smith followed up with an infield single.
But Wilcox came right back with three straight strikeouts to escape the jam. He went on to fan eight LaFayette hitters in four innings, while giving up just the two hits. Dakota Bandy worked the seventh for Heritage.
Dockery finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
A.J. Buck had the only other hit for LaFayette, while Teasley worked two innings to take the loss. He gave up four earned runs on two hits and a pair of walks.
Heritage (24-6, 15-3) will now await the No. 3 seed from Region 8 in the first round of the Class AAAA state tournament, which is scheduled to begin on April 28 with a doubleheader. A third game, if necessary, would be played on April 29.
The loss ended the season for LaFayette (8-22, 3-15).