April 7, 2014

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

ROBINSON - It was not a good day for the John A. Logan College baseball team Sunday as the Vols dropped a doubleheader to Lincoln Trail College, 4-3 and 6-1.

With the two losses, Logan is now tied for first with the Statesmen at 10 wins apiece.

Freshman righthander Jake Herron took the loss in the opener, allowing three of the four runs in the first inning. He went eight innings altogether, scattering nine hits while striking out seven and walking three.

The Vols pulled within a run in the eighth on a two-run single by Tanner Scott and put the tying and go-ahead runs on base in the ninth, but couldn't deliver the big hit.

Scott paced a 10-hit attack with two safeties. Zach Ditto also collected two hits.

In the nightcap, Logan wasted a good pitching performance by freshman Ryan Dunne, who struck out 12. Dunne allowed only two runs on four hits through the first five innings before tiring in the sixth.

Lincoln Trail starter Damon Olds was even better, checking the Vols on one hit in seven innings of work, fanning eight. Culver Plant had the lone Vols hit, a seventh-inning single.

Vols head coach Jerry Halstead was complimentary of the Statesmen.

“I thought their pitching was outstanding today,” he said. “They kind of showed every weakness we had at the plate.”

Halstead said his team has much room for improvement.

“There’s a reason why we’re only 16-14 overall,” he said. “You have to come to the park ready to play every day. You can’t fall behind the hitters and walk people. You can’t have wild pitches and passed balls. You can’t fall behind three games in a row and win consistently. Amazingly, we’re still in the hunt for a conference title. We have to forget about what happened today and get right back at it this week.”

Logan returns to action Tuesday when it hosts Shawnee.