April 2, 2014

JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Success continues to elude the John A. Logan College baseball team when it comes to contests played on Tuesday this spring. The Volunteers are a subpar 2-4 in such games despite a 15-12 overall record.

The most recent Tuesday debacle came at home at the hands of Dyersburg State, Tenn. as the Eagles rolled past the Vols, 10-3, in Game 1 of a doubleheader and led 2-1 early on in the second game before rain washed out that result.

“It was our typical Tuesday effort,” said JALC head coach Jerry Halstead. “I told the guys that I can’t browbeat them anymore. They have to step up and come to the field ready to play each and every day.”

Halstead said injuries have depleted the team’s depth.

“To be fair, we are playing some guys at different positions,” he said. “We are playing a pitcher (John Tolliver) at first base; a pitcher (Kyle Schneider) in right field, a catcher (Jacob Carpenter) at third base and a catcher (Tanner Scott) in left field because of injuries. But the pitching on Tuesdays, for whatever reason, has been abysmal. We gave up five runs in the second inning today and they didn’t hit a ball out of the infield. We walked guys, hit guys and couldn’t make a play defensively.”

The Vols committed four errors in all.

Shortstop Culver Plant was the only Logan player with multiple hits. He had three base knocks in four at bats. Konner Lutz, Mark Self, Zach Ditto and Tolliver accounted for the other hits.

Sophomore John Schram started the game for the Vols and was pitcher of record. He allowed five runs, three of which were earned in 1 2/3 innings of work. He was relieved by Schneider (no runs in 1 1/3 innings); freshman Trey Waldrop (four runs, one earned, in three innings); and Michael Yacko (one unearned run in one inning).

Logan scored single runs in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings. Sophomore Jamal Fletcher drove in the first run with a fielder’s choice grounder. The second run scored on an error and the third run scored on a wild pitch.

The Vols, who hold a one-game lead in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference, are scheduled to host Lincoln Trail for the first of a three-game series at 3 p.m. Thursday. Logan will then travel to Robinson for a doubleheader Saturday at noon.

“This is another big series for us,” Halstead said. “The good news is that we have two outstanding starters in Joey Marciano and Jake Herron. We’re still looking for that No. 3 starter. Anybody who knows the game of baseball knows it’s all about pitching. When you throw guys out there who don’t throw strikes and have no rhythm, it affects the aura of the whole team. Guys start making errors and don’t do as well at the plate.”