April 13, 2014

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

MOUNT CARMEL - An eight-run fourth inning erased a 4-1 deficit and the Wabash Valley College Warriors went on to sweep a doubleheader from visiting John A. Logan Saturday, 9-3 and 11-8.

The pair of victories now puts Wabash Valley three games up on the Volunteers in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference with six games left to play.

Logan is 10-8 in the league and 18-17 overall. The Warriors are 13-5 in the GRAC.

In the opener, the Vols fell behind 4-0 in the first inning and never recovered.

Freshman righthander Jake Herron (3-2) started and was credited with the loss. He allowed six runs on five hits in 4 2/3 innings. Kyle Schneider tossed the final 2 1/3 frames, surrendering two runs on one hit.

Logan only managed four hits. Joba Ferrell, Tanner Scott, Walker Owens and Konner Lutz all reached via the base hit.

In Game 2, the Vols took a 2-1 lead in the third on RBI hits from Scott and Lutz.

Logan made it 4-1 in the fourth on a two-run triple by Zach Ditto down the rightfield line.

Vols' starter Ryan Dunne (0-3) then ran into trouble in the bottom of the inning, allowing seven runs. Reliever Tyler McGowan gave up three additional runs in his 2 1/3 innings.

JALC rallied for four runs in the seventh, but lost by three.

Logan outhit the Warriors 12-8. Assistant coach Kyle Suprenant said the team competed. It just didn't execute well enough to win either game.

"I thought Dunne pitched pretty well early on, but fell behind on the count too much. Those guys swing the bat well enough without having then set dead red on a fastball."

Suprenant added that it's tough to win games when always trying to come from behind.

Vols' opponents have jumped out to a lead the last six league games.

Logan hosts Lake Land at 3 p.m. Thursday.