Logan pounds out 16 hits in win over Billies
by Paul Adkins
It was a happy Senior Night at Logan High School’s Roger Gertz Field on Tuesday as the homestanding Wildcats won 10-2 over county rival Man.
Logan, which improved to 16-7 on the season, honored its four senior players — Johnny Morrison, Trent Dalton, Alex Lakatos and Benji Adkins.
All played a part in the win.
Leadoff man Dalton, Logan’s starting shortstop, was 1-for-3 at the plate with two RBI and made several good defensive plays.
Morrison, starting in right field, was 1-for-1 with a single, two RBI and a sacrifice bunt.
Lakatos, Logan’s first baseman, was 2-for-4 at the plate with a double.
Adkins, Logan’s everyday catcher, was 1-for-3 with an RBI double.
Logan also honored freshman football player Skyler Miller before the game. Miller, who has received recent treatment for leukemia, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
The Wildcats banged out 16 hits in the victory and swept the season series with Man, which dropped to 2-21. Logan had won 15-1 earlier in the season at Man.
Logan, which was scheduled to host Belfry (Ky.) on Wednesday night before closing out the regular season on Thursday night at home against George Washington, are 12-4 over its last 16 games.
Centerfielder Kyle Harvey was 3-for-3 at the plate with one RBI for Logan, while Trace Butcher was 2-for-3. Third baseman Z. Minnick was 2-for-2 with a double and one RBI.
Chase Preston and Brenton Vance each added RBI doubles for Logan, while pitcher Troy Burgess had an RBI single. Zach Hanlon also had a pinch-hit single.
Burgess fired five innings on the mound and got the win. He gave up one run and four hits with seven strikeouts and two walks. Preston pitched the final two innings and fanned two.
Freshman starter John Thomas Keffer was tagged with the loss. He was relieved by Chris Justice in the sixth inning.
Man was led by Noah Maynard, who was 3-for-4 with one RBI. Braden Griffin was 2-for-3 with a triple and one run knocked in. Keffer had a double and Cody Carter a single.
The Hillbillies led 1-0 in the first inning with Keffer’s leadoff double and an RBI single by Maynard which scored courtesy runner Joe Rosser.
Logan then plated five runs in the second to take a 5-1 lead. Harvey and Morrison had RBI singles. Dalton had an RBI sac fly to left to make it 3-1. Preston’s RBI double to left center made it 4-1. Minnick’s deep sac fly to the wall in center accounted for the fifth run.
In the fourth, the Wildcats tacked on three more runs to make it an 8-1 ballgame. Dalton and Burgess had RBI singles. Adkins had a RBI double.
Logan then made it 9-1 in the bottom of the fifth with a sac fly to center off the bat of Morrison.
In the sixth inning the lead swelled to 10-1 as Lakatos doubled and scored when Vance came up to rap out a pinch-hit double to left.
The Billies scored a run in the top of the seventh as Maynard singled and Griffin knocked him home with a triple.
Man was slated to play at Westside on Wednesday night. The Billies go to Sherman on Thursday and host Midland Trail on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the regular season finale.
Both teams play in the sectional tourney next week.
Man has a best-of-three game Class A sectional series with Tug Valley.
Logan has a three-team Class AAA sectional with Nitro and St. Albans. The Wildcats are a combined 4-0 this season against their new sectional foes. Logan is set to play at St. Albans on Tuesday, then host Nitro next Wednesday. Nitro and St. Albans open the double elimination tourney on Monday.
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