When you hit the ball effectively in timely situations you are usually in a position to win the game.
That’s what the Cabell Midland High School baseball team did on Monday night at Logan as the Knights pulled away to beat the homestanding Wildcats 7-2 at Roger Gertz Field.
Trailing 2-1 after four innings, Cabell Midland (8-9) plated two runs in the fifth and four more in the sixth to beat the Wildcats, which fell to 10-4 on the season.
The Knights outhit the Cats 11-7.
“They hit the ball well,” Logan coach Roger Gertz said of Cabell Midland. “We didn’t hit it very good. We left too many runners on base and had our chances but we just couldn’t come through.”
Third baseman Troy Burgess and shortstop Z. Minnick were bright spots for Logan. Burgess was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Minnick went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles.
“Burgess hit the ball hard a couple of times and so did Minnick but we just didn’t have enough timely hits,” Gertz said.
Cabell Midland was led by shortstop Seth Kinker, who was 3-for-3 with a triple and two RBI. Jacob Beahrs was 2-for-2, while Taylor Kuhn was 2-for-4 and Brady Elkins 2-for-3 with a double and one run knocked in.
With Logan leading 2-1 in the top of the fifth, the Knights began their rally.
Beahrs led off the frame as he was walked by Logan starting pitcher Johnny Morrison.
Morrison then had a 3-1 count on Erik Wooten before Gertz decided to go to the bullpen with right-hander Trace Butcher.
Butcher came into the game with a tough situation as he inherited the 3-1 count but got Wooten to foul one off and then got the left fielder out on a called third strike for the first out of the inning.
Kinker then singled and Cory Ballengee popped out to short.
Then it was DH Brighton Jobe who delivered a sharply hit two-run double down the right field line to put Cabell Midland on top 3-2.
It turned out to be the game winning hit.
Butcher was able to get out of the inning as he picked off Jobe at second base for the third out.
Down one, Logan had two runners on base in the bottom of the fifth as Burgess singled and Butcher had an infield single. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch but Knights’ starter Luke Yingling got Trent Dalton out on a called third strike to end the threat.
Cabell Midland then tagged Butcher for four runs in the top of the sixth to make it a 7-2 ballgame.
Elkins drove in the first run with a deep RBI double to center.
Wooten’s RBI single to short right over the glove of a leaping Dalton made it 5-2. Kinker then rapped a hard-smashing two-run triple to deep center, putting the Knights ahead 7-2.
Yingling then retired Logan in the sixth and seventh innings to preserve the win.
In the seventh, Logan had two runners on as Minnick singled and Burgess had a double to left but two straight strikeouts ended the game.
The Wildcats went ahead 2-0 in the first inning with a two-run single by Burgess.
Logan then threatened in the second but left the bases juiced.
Cabell Midland cut Logan’s lead in half in the third with Ballengee’s bases loaded sacrifice fly to center.
Leadoff man and left fielder Josh Rein added a hit for Logan.
Morrison went four-plus innings and allowed two runs and three hits with three strikeouts and five walks. Butcher was tagged with the loss as he went two innings in relief, giving up five runs and six hits with one walk and one strikeout. Burgess then pitched a scoreless seventh, allowing a pair of singles.
Yingling pitched the complete game win for the Knights. He yielded two runs and seven hits with three strikeouts, five walks and one hit batter.
Logan is scheduled to return to action on Wednesday night at home against Lincoln County. Game time is 7 p.m.
The Cats then got to Cabell Midland in Thursday night’s rematch between the Class AAA regional foes and old rivals in the Mountain State Athletic Conference.
Logan then plays Bridgeport and Charleston Catholic on Saturday at George Washington before hosting new sectional foe Nitro on April 22. Scott comes to Logan on April 23.