March 27, 2014

JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CENTRALIA - Sophomore outfielder Tanner Scott smacked four hits in as many at bats, including a double, drove in two and scored two as the John A. Logan College baseball team split a doubleheader with host, Kaskaskia, Saturday, winning the opener, 12-1.

The Volunteers (7-2 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and 13-9 overall) knocked out 20 hits in the ballgame and won the series with the Blue Devils two games to one.

Scott had plenty of support at the plate. Sophomore first baseman John Tolliver collected three hits, including a double, with a pair of runs batted in and two runs scored. Freshman Jacob Carpenter had two hits, including a double, two runs scored and three RBIs.

Walker Owens rapped out three hits in five at bats with a run scored and two RBIs. Zach Ditto followed suit with three hits and two runs scored. Joba Ferrell and Konner Lutz notched two hits apiece. Jamal Fletcher added one.

Winning pitcher was freshman Jake Herron. He allowed only one run on two hits in his eight innings of work. He struck out six and walked three before giving way to Michael Yacko, who worked a scoreless ninth, fanning two.

In the nightcap, the Blue Devils exacted some revenge, winning 7-1. The Vols could only garner four hits in seven innings. Tolliver had a double. Ferrell, Owens and Culver Plant contributed singles.

Pitcher of record for Logan was sophomore starter Tyler McGowan. The Harrisburg native was tagged for four runs (two earned) on three hits in four innings of work. He struck out only two and walked four. Yacko and Aaron Gabriel finished in relief, surrendering three total runs on four hits.

JALC head coach Jerry Halstead was hoping for a three-game sweep, but was hard-pressed to be upset about taking two of three from the defending District champs.

“By taking care of business at home Thursday, we put ourselves in a good position to win the series, and that’s exactly what we did after winning the first game Saturday,” Halstead said. “Anytime you bang out 20 hits at the plate and your pitchers only give up two, that’s a good game. Unfortunately, the hit parade didn’t carry over to the second game.”

Halstead said the Blue Devils deserve some credit, too.

“I don’t know if we lost our edge or what in that second game, but Kaskaskia’s a pretty solid team with a lot of veteran players. Sure, I wanted a sweep, but it’s hard to be disappointed with the way we played in the series.”

The Vols return to action Tuesday with a doubleheader at Shawnee College beginning at 3 p.m. League play resumes Thursday with a single game at 3 p.m. at Olney. Logan then hosts a doubleheader with Olney beginning at noon Saturday.