April 30, 2014

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

POPLAR BLUFF, MO. – Sophomore outfielder Joba Ferrell hammered a three-run homer with two outs in the top of the ninth inning Wednesday to lift the John A. Logan College baseball team to a 6-5 non-conference win over Three Rivers, Mo.

“We got down 5-0 and it was looking bleak early,” said Vols head coach Jerry Halstead. “We didn’t show much offense the first few innings, but then came to life late in the game with three in the eighth and three in the ninth. We’re extremely happy to end the regular season on a positive note.”

Logan closed to within two at 5-3 in the top of the eighth. John Tolliver reached on an error. Mark Self was hit by a pitch. Ferrell doubled in Tolliver. Walker Owens’ groundout scored Self and Tanner Scott’s fly ball was dropped by the centerfielder, allowing Ferrell to score.

In the ninth, the first two outs were recorded before Tolliver again reached on an error. Self walked, setting the stage for Ferrell’s blast.

Earning the win in relief was Tyler McGowan of Harrisburg. He allowed no hits in two scoreless innings. Aaron Gabriel started and gave up four runs in two innings. Mike Yacko allowed one run in two frames and Brandon Radmacher tossed three scoreless innings.

Logan, now 23-20 overall, opens Region 24 quarterfinal round play at home Saturday against Lake Land. A doubleheader will begin at noon. The Vols won the regular-season series between the two teams, two games to one.

“We like the match up,” Halstead said. “We had a good series against them a couple of weeks ago. It will be a tough battle. Our one loss was a 10-inning game where we walked in the winning run without them getting a hit. That kind of left a bad taste in our mouth.

“We’re excited to be home and have good weather in the forecast, and hopefully, have a nice crowd come out to watch the games.”