Logan County has produced several fine baseball players over the years.
Many go on to play at the collegiate level.
This spring several in-state colleges were dotted with the names of former Logan Wildcats, Man Hillbillies and Chapmanville Tigers.
Trent Dalton recently finished up his freshman season with the Salem International University baseball team.
Dalton, a 2013 Logan High School graduate and middle infielder, hit .207 for Salem this season in 39 starts. He was 28-for-135 at the plate with eight RBI, three doubles, 10 runs scored and seven walks. He was also hit by eight pitches to lead the team.
Salem’s baseball team struggled this season to a 10-41 overall record and 3-24 mark in its first year as a member of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference.
The Tigers’ season came to an end in May in Mason, Ohio, as Salem lost 11-4 to Ohio Valley in the G-MAC tourney.
After falling behind, Salem responded with three runs in the third Inning to take a 3-2 lead. After Jordan Dicks singled to center field, Nate Mastervick doubled down the right field line. Peyton Newsom then hit a then hit a three-run homer to right field.
Down one in the fourth Inning, the Tigers again battled back to tie the game at 4-4 in the fifth. However, OVU would respond with four runs in the sixth and then tacked on three more to win by seven.
Jared Ward was 3-for-4 for the Tigers.
Dalton will have some company next season with the Salem baseball team as Chapmanville Regional High School all-state pitcher Nick Brumfield is headed north to play at SIU.
On the Salem women’s softball team is a pair of former Logan High School Lady Cats in Katie Chryssofos and Jessica Bias.