Logan baseball on a hot streak ahead of post-season

By Paul Adkins padkins@civitasmedia.com

May 8, 2014

With only a week away until the Class AAA sectionals, the Logan High School baseball team is on a roll.

The Wildcats are 16-8 after winning a pair of recent games. Logan has now won four straight.

Logan drilled Ripley, 9-2, on the road on Tuesday night after dominating Lawrence County (Ky.), 13-3 on Monday night at home.

In the Ripley game, the Cats plated three runs in the first, three in the second and two in the third to take a commanding 8-0 lead.

Logan was led by Chase Preston who was 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI. Josh Rein was 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI.

Troy Burgess was 2-for-4 at the plate with a double and two RBI. Kyle Harvey went 2-for-3 for the Wildcats.

Z. Minnick and Chase Burnette each had a single.

Burgess was the starting and winning pitcher for Logan. He went all seven innings and allowed two unearned runs and three hits with seven strikeouts.

Ripley is 13-12 on the season.

In the win over Lawrence County, Logan pushed eight runs across in the bottom of the first inning, tacked on four in the second and mercied the Bulldogs in five innings. Logan had 15 hits in the game to six for Lawrence County.

Tim Saunders pitched the complete game win for the Wildcats as he fired five innings and gave up three runs on six hits with three walks and three strikeouts.

Preston was 3-for-4 with three RBI for Logan. Minnick was also 3-for-4 at the plate.

Burnette was 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI. Saunders was 2-for-2 with a double.

Rein had a double and two RBI. Alex Toler was 1-for-1 with the walkoff, game-ending RBI single in the fifth inning. Harvey had a single.

Lawrence County fell to 18-9 on the season with the loss.

Logan earned a season series split with the Bulldogs. LC had beaten Logan 4-3 on March 22 in the season opener in Louisa, Ky.

The Wildcats were scheduled to play at Lincoln County on Wednesday night. Logan then goes to Man on Thursday at 7 p.m. before hosting George Washington on Friday at 7 in Logan’s Senior Night game at Roger E. Gertz Field.

On Saturday, Logan hosts Point Pleasant at 1 p.m. Logan’s 1964 State Little League Champion baseball team will be honored at the game. This summer marks the 50-year anniversary of the team’s state championship.

Man 9,

Westside 8

CLEAR FORK — The Man High School baseball team ran its record to 14-7 on the season with Monday’s 9-8 win at Westside.

Man outhit the Class AA Renegades 11-6 but committed four errors to one for Westside.

The Hillbillies led 9-3 after five and a half innings before Westside plated five runs in the bottom of the sixth to inch to within one run. Man then held off the Renegades to get the win.

Braden Griffin hit a two-run homer for Man, while Mikle Scott Rowe was 3-for-4 with a double and four RBI. Kenny Joe Adkins had a double and an RBI for Man.

Cameron Simpson went 2-for-4 at the plate. Baley Beckwith was 2-for-4 as well for Man. Tyler Dugan had a hit and an RBI. John Thomas Keffer added a single.

Breyer Morgan was 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI for Westside. Brayden Morgan also had two hits.

Rowe was the starting and winning pitcher for the Hillbillies. He tossed five innings and allowed three runs (one earned) on five hits with nine strikeouts and no walks.

Simpson then pitched an inning and allowed five unearned runs on just one hit with one strikeout and three walks.

Noah Maynard fired the last scoreless inning and fanned one as he recorded the save.

Drew Bragg was the starting and losing pitcher for the Renegades.

Man was scheduled to host River View on Tuesday. The Billies went to Chapmanville on Wednesday and host Logan on Thursday at 7 p.m. Man goes to Charleston Catholic on Friday night at 6.

Chapmanville 4,

Wayne 2

WAYNE — The Chapmanville Regional High School baseball team improved to 20-5 overall and 10-2 in the Cardinal Conference with Monday night’s 4-2 win at regional and conference rival Wayne.

Senior Nick Brumfield pitched the win for Chapmanville as he hurled 6.2 innings and allowed two earned runs and six hits with three walks and six strikeouts. Trey Dalton then faced the last batter and got him out to earn the save.

Wayne led 2-0 after two innings but the Tigers scored one in the top of third and three in the fourth.

The Tigers were outhit by the Pioneers 6-2. Wayne committed two errors to none for Chapmanville.

Chris Bailey was 2-for-3 for the Tigers. Brady Cox was 2-for-3 with two RBI. William Copley had Chapmanville’s other hit.

CRHS was scheduled to play at Mingo Central on Tuesday night. Chapmanville was then slated to host Man on Wednesday night. The Tigers go to Mount View on Thursday at 6 and host Herbert Hoover on Friday at 7 at Chapmanville’s Ted Ellis Field.

The Class AA sectionals are next week. Chapmanville is set to take on Scott in a best-of-three game series.