April 18, 2014

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

MATTOON - John A. Logan College freshman Ryan Dunne made his first collegiate win a memorable one Friday, tossing a five-hit 4-0 shutout in Game 2 of a doubleheader with Lake Land.

The Vols dropped the opener, 6-5, in 10 innings.

Dunne struck out nine and only walked one in the route-going performance.

"It feels great to get my first win and even greater that it allowed us to get a split today and win the series," Dunne said. "I felt comfortable out on the mound today. It helped that I did a much better job of pitching ahead in the count."

JALC head coach Jerry Halstead liked what he saw of the righthander.

"Ryan really picked us up," he said. "He had a good breaking ball going for him today, and if you can throw your curve for strikes, particularly at this level, you should have success."

Logan scored what proved to be the winning run in the third inning when Jake Carpenter doubled home Joba Ferrell, who had been hit by a pitch and stolen second.

A key moment defensively for the Vols came in the fifth inning when Jamal Fletcher's relay throw pegged the speedy Lakers' leadoff man, Aaron Bence, at the plate when trying to score from first on a double by Jon Mendoza.

"That was the turning point in the game," Halstead said.

The Vols added three insurance runs in the seventh. One run scored on a wild pitch. Ferrell and Konner Lutz drove in the others.

Carpenter led the team with two hits. Ferrell stole three bases.

In the opener, Logan held leads of 2-0, 3-1, and 5-4, but could not make the leads stick.

Tough-luck loser, Trey Waldrop of Marion, deserved a better fate. Brought into the game with the score tied at 5-5 in the bottom of the eighth, the bases loaded and nobody out, the freshman righthander worked out of the jam in Houdini- like fashion, with a pop up, groundout and strikeout.

He also tossed a scoreless ninth before allowing the game winner in the 10th.

Freshman Jake Herron started the game for the Vols and allowed four runs- all unearned.

Reliever Mike Yacko gave up one run in one plus innings of work.

Culver Plant, Fletcher and Ferrell each collected two hits.

Logan improves to 12-9 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and 20-18 overall.