The Logan 11-12-year-old Little League All-Stars wrapped up a state tournament berth with Wednesday evening’s 6-2 win over Pineville in the final game of the District 2 tournament at Logan’s Paul Hale Field.
For the Logan All-Stars, it’s the team’s first trip to state in many years.
Logan had just returned to Little League Baseball last year after many years in the Cal Ripken ranks.
The Logan All-Stars join the Madison All-Stars in the state tournament field. Madison won the District 2 championship on Tuesday night with a 9-5 victory over Pineville.
The state tournament is scheduled to begin on July 22 at Bridgeport. State tourney brackets have not yet been released.
Logan led Pineville 6-0 after four innings of play in Wednesday’s game. Pineville scored a pair in the top of the sixth inning but it was too little too late.
Both teams had lost to Madison earlier in the tournment. Logan lost 4-2 to Madison, while Pineville fell just a night before.
Jarred Burnette was the starting and winning pitcher for Logan. He went 4-1/3 innings before reaching the maximum 85-pitch count by rule. He gave up no runs and scattered five hits while striking out eight. He struck out the side in the third inning.
Jarren Glick then closed it out on the hill for Logan, tossing 1-2/3 innings and allowing two runs on one hit with three walks and four strikeouts.
Tucker Cook was the starting and losing pitcher for Pineville. He yielded six runs on eight hits in a four-inning worksheet. He fanned two and walked four. Nate Parsons pitched the fifth inning.
Logan was led at the plate by Korbin Bostic, who was 2-for-4 with a home run, a triple and an RBI. Burnette was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs.
Logan led 2-0 in the first as Bostic tripled and scored on Jake Ramey’s RBI double. Burnette’s RBI infield single then accounted for the other run.
In the third, Logan plated three more runs. Bostic’s solo homer to left center made it 3-0. Burnette and Garrett Williamson later had RBI singles.
In the fourth, a bases loaded sacrifice fly to center off the bat of Konner Lowe scored another run as Logan led 6-0.
Down to its last out and last strike, Pineville finally got on the board in the sixth inning with Steve Cook’s two-run single. Glick then got Tucker Cook to fly out to end the game.
The celebration was on.
Pineville had threatened in the top of the second inning, loading the bases with one out. Burnette then struck out Lilly Hill and got Tucker Cook out to end the threat.
Caden Cook, Garrett Mitchell and Tanner Whitten added hits for Pineville. Jacob Ellison led the way as he was 2-for-3.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).