May 3, 2015

Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – A four-run first inning propelled the John A. Logan College baseball team to a 9-1 rout of Lake Land Sunday in quarterfinal round play of the Region 24 tournament.

With the win, the Volunteers improve to 26-15 and advance to the semifinal round of the tourney Friday at 3 p.m. at Rent One Park in Marion against Lincoln Trail, who eliminated Rend Lake. Lake Land ends its season with an overall record of 21-20.

Logan head coach Jerry Halstead was impressed with his club’s performance Sunday.

“We told the kids it was going to take a much better effort today than we gave on Saturday,” he said. “We got after them early, scoring the four runs in the first inning and adding three more in the second. I just thought we were a different bunch today.”

In that first inning, Kyle Schneider led off with a base hit. Nate Tholl bunted him over to second. A fielding error by the first baseman allowed Tholl to reach and both runners to advance an extra base. Culver Plant grounded out to short to score the first run. Jeff Hahs doubled home Tholl with the second run. Tyler Robertson singled home Hahs with the third run. Robertson then scored on a throwing error by the third baseman for the fourth run.

The Vols plated three more runs in the second. Doug Parks singled. Schneider bunted him to second. Tholl singled Parks home. Plant reached on an error. Tyler Horchem blooped a single to right, scoring both Tholl and the hard-running Plant.

Logan also scored single tallies in the fifth (RBI single from Horchem driving in Hahs, who had singled) and seventh (Hahs sacrifice fly, driving in Tholl, who had doubled).

The Lakers scored their only run in the fourth off starter and winning pitcher Bobby Pennington when Jhonathan Mendoza tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jovany Uribeta.

A freshman, Pennington went 6 2/3 innings to improve to 5-1 on the spring. He allowed three hits, struck out seven and walked five.

“It was nice to have some support,” Pennington said. “With a nice lead, I was able to make them put the ball in play and let my defense go to work. I knew I didn’t have to be perfect with every pitch. I thought my curve was working very well. All my strikeouts were off my curve. It’s great that we have some momentum now going into next weekend’s semifinal round.”

Sophomore righty Jake Herron finished the game, allowing no runs on three hits. He struck out one and walked none.

Tholl had a pair of doubles, drove in one, and scored three times to pace the Vols’ offense. Horchem had two hits and drove in three.

“This is a huge win for us because it keeps our season going,” Horchem said. “We didn’t dwell on how we played yesterday. We got some rest, regrouped and came ready to play today.”

Hahs had two hits and drove in two. Parks also had two hits and finished the series as the team’s top hitter with seven base hits. Chipping in one hit each Sunday were Schneider, Robertson and Kenny King.


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