By Paul Adkins
The Logan High School baseball team moved up Tuesday’s game with Lincoln County one hour to 6 p.m. to beat back some of the expected cold.
Problem was, the Panthers showed up late and it was 6:45 p.m. until the first pitch was thrown.
And when the sun goes down at night behind the mountain at Logan’s Roger Gertz Field in early April it’s typically quite chilly.
It ended up being downright cold as temperatures dipped to the high 30s before the night was done but the Logan bats were sizzling hot as the Wildcats pounded out 11 hits and blistered the Panthers 13-0.
Logan improved to 2-5 on the season and got a much-needed win.
In atypical fashion, the Cats were coming off a winless week in the Mingo Bay Classic at Myrtle Beach, S.C., as Logan lost games to teams from Illinois, North Carolina and South Carolina during its annual spring break trip before coming back north.
Tuesday’s win, however, was much needed.
The Wildcats plated two runs in the first, two in the second, five in the third and four more in the fourth.
Logan relief pitcher Shawn Blevins then sat down the Panthers in the top of the fifth inning to end the game early due to the 10-run mercy rule. Chase Burnette pitched a masterful game and notched the win. The senior right-hander went four innings and allowed just one hit while striking out five and issuing no walks.
Logan pitcher Chase Burnette strikes out Lincoln County’s Cody Roach. (Video by Paul Adkins)
Chase Burnette fans Tylor Lucas. (Video by Paul Adkins)
The Wildcats’ top three batters — Ryan Holstein, Alex Toler and Will Akers — led the way. Holstein, Logan’s leadoff second baseman, was 2-for-2 and scored three runs. Toler, the first baseman, was 2-for-2 with a three-run triple and four RBI. Third batter Akers, Logan’s centerfielder, went 2-for-3 with one RBI.
The Wildcats wasted no time in the bottom of the first.
Holstein led off with a single, stole second and then advance to third as LC catcher Cody Elkins air-mailed an overthrow into the outfield. Holstein then scored on a wild pitch to make it 1-0.
Logan later made it 2-0 with catcher Tyler Topping’s bases loaded RBI fielder’s choice grounder.
Then in the second, the Wildcats plated two more runs off Panthers’ starter Cody Roach. Holstein singled and scored on left-handed hitting Toler’s opposite field single to left field. Akers then ripped an RBI single to center to give the Cats a 4-0 lead.
The Wildcats’ Ryan Holstein singles to left center field in the second inning. (Video by Paul Adkins)
Logan’s Alex Toler hits an opposite field single to left center in the second inning to give the Wildcats a 3-0 lead. (Video by Paul Adkins)
In the third, Logan batted around and made it 9-0 with a five-spot. The big blow was Toler’s bases loaded, three-run triple to up the lead to 8-0. Third baseman Matthew Brown also had an RBI single during the frame. Burnette’s RBI single accounted for the ninth run.
Matthew Brown’s RBI single to center in the third inning gave Logan a 5-0 lead. (Video by Paul Adkins)
In the bottom of the fourth, Logan plated four more runs and batted around again.
Pinch-hitter Tommy Adkins got it started with a bases loaded RBI single to increase the lead to 10-0.
Brown later scored on a wild pitch after reaching via fielder’s choice as Logan led 11-0.
Left fielder Tyler Browning walked and later came around on a wild pitch to make it 12-0.
Blevins then drove in the 13th run with an RBI fielder’s choice.
TJ Mullins added a double for Logan.
Logan’s TJ Mullins doubles to the left field corner in the third inning. (Video by Paul Adkins)
The Cats’ Jared Shawver’s sacrifice fly to right field advances a runner to third base. (Video by Paul Adkins)
Lincoln County’s lone hit was a two-out single to center by Isaac Brogan in the top of the second inning.
Lincoln County’s Isaac Brogan singles up the middle. It was the only hit of the game for the Panthers. (Video by Paul Adkins)
Logan is scheduled to return to action with Wednesday night’s home game against Cabell Midland at 7 p.m. The Cats then head to Hurricane on Friday for a 7 p.m. game.
The Logan High School baseball starting lineups are introduced before Tuesday night’s home game against Lincoln County. PA announcer Dorian Keane has the call. (Video by Paul Adkins)