LOGAN, W.Va. — The Class AA No. 6-ranked Logan High School baseball team couldn’t get the bats going and ended up falling 7-2 to the Class AAA Ripley Vikings on Wednesday night at Logan’s Roger Gertz Field.
Ripley scored one run in the top of the first and three each in the fourth and and fifth innings to grab a 7-0 lead.
Logan ended up denting the scoreboard in the bottom of the seventh with a two-spot but it wasn’t enough as the Wildcats dropped to 7-7 overall on the season. Ripley is 12-6.
The Wildcats’ defense committed four errors in the game. The Vikings didn’t have any.
Logan outhit Ripley 7-5. Tyler Topping and Braxton Goff were each 2-for-3 at the plate with a double. Cody Maynard was also 2-for-3 and Braydon McClung added a single.
Will Akers was the starting and losing pitcher for Logan. He went four innings and allowed four runs (just one earned) with four issued walks and one strikeout.
Dawson Beckett then fired two innings out of Logan’s bullpen and gave up three runs (two earned). McClung closed out the seventh innning and fanned one.
Logan, 6-1 and in first place in the Cardinal Conference standings, was scheduled to have a big showdown game with Wayne (16-2, 10-2) on Thursday night at home. The Wildcats then play at Herbert Hoover on Friday at 7 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Host Huntington beat the Man High School baseball team 6-2 in Wednesday’s game at HHS.
Man dropped to 7-9 on the season with the loss.
The Hillbillies were coming off Tuesday’s 12-4 win at home over Westside.
The Highlanders led 2-0 after one inning before Man was able to plate a run in the second and third to tie it up. Huntington then pushed four runs across home plate in the bottom of the third and held Man scoreless the rest of the way.
Huntington outhit Man 9-3. The Billies committed three errors to two for the Class AAA Highlanders (10-10).
Brock Muncy had a hit and an RBI for Man. Tyler Blair and Jacob Trogden each had hits as well.
Jordan Walker, Brett Christian and Ben Bartilson each had a pair of hits for the victorious Highlanders.
Trogdon was the starting pitcher for Man but he didn’t get an out and didn’t survive the first inning, surrendering two earned runs on two hits and one issued walk.
Seth Chapman then pitched three innings of relief and allowed four runs (one earned) on five hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Dylan Privett fired the last three innings of scoreless ball and gave up just two hits.
Noah Haikal started for Huntington and went two innings, yielding one earned runs on one hit with one strikeout and two walks. Braxton Johnson then tossed two innings of relief and gave up one run on no hits with three walks and three strikeouts.
Evan Juniper then hurled three scoreless innnings out the bullpen, allowing two hits with five Ks and one walk.
Man is scheduled to host Independence on Friday at 5:30 p.m. The Billies then travel to Logan next Thursday for a 4 p.m. clash with the Wildcats.
TEAM CONF OVERALL
Logan 6-1 7-7
Wayne 10-2 16-2
Scott 6-3 12-4
Chapmanville 3-4 13-5
Mingo Central 0-6 0-11
TEAM CONF OVERALL
Nitro 6-4 11-7
Sissonville 3-4 8-7
Winfield 5-6 8-7
Herbert Hoover 5-5 6-9
Poca 1-8 3-11
* Does not include last night’s games
Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner.