February 18, 2015

Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – John A. Logan College has announced the signing of 11 high school seniors to play baseball for the Volunteers next school year. Among those 11 is Carbondale High School standout, Noah Thornburg, an in-district athlete.

Thornburg is a 6-foot, 160-pound righthanded pitcher. He was a South Seven All-Conference and All-South performer as a junior.

Logan’s recruiting coordinator, Page Kirkpatrick, described Thornburg as “not big, but a great competitor who can really pitch.”

Kirkpatrick said Thornburg has been clocked with a fastball in the mid ‘80s.

Other recruits include: Mike Kogut (6-foot-5, 230-pound righthanded pitcher) from Nazareth High School in Chicago; Josh Scheer (6-foot-3, 185-pound righthanded pitcher) from McCracken County High School in Paducah, Ky.; Taylor Grider (6-foot, 180-pound righthanded pitcher) from Russell County High School in Kentucky; Patrick McBride, 6-foot-5, 215-pound righthanded pitcher) from Hancock County High School in Kentucky; Zac Conner (6-foot-5, 210-pound righthanded pitcher) from Dunbar High School in Lexington, Ky.; Tim O’Leary (6-foot, 190-pound catcher/first baseman) from Ritenour High School in St. Louis; Marshall Gilbert (6-foot-1, 205-pound catcher) from Westosha Central High School in Wisconsin; Cody Birdsong (6-foot-1, 185-pound third baseman) from Neeleyville, Mo.; Lucas Larson (6-foot-3, 185-pound shortstop) from Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Ben Smith (6-foot-1, 205-pound first baseman) from Hendersonville, Tenn.

“We’d like to think this is an outstanding class of incoming freshmen,” said Logan head coach and athletic director Jerry Halstead. “We’ve gone pitcher-heavy and for good reason. These guys have talent. You can never have enough good pitchers. As always, we will keep our fingers crossed that all these guys make it to our campus next fall and not accept offers from any four-year schools or sign a professional contract after the Major League Draft in June.”

Of the signees, all four Kentucky pitchers (Scheer, Grider, McBride and Conner) ranked among the top 25 pitchers in the state, according to Prep Baseball Report.

Birdsong was an All-State performer in Missouri. Larson was rated the fourth-ranked shortstop in Iowa and 21st best prospect overall. Gilbert is ranked the fourth-best catcher in Wisconsin and No. 28 overall prospect.