Wildcats playing at Myrtle Beach in April
by Banner Staff Report
It might be February and snow might still be in the forecast but preparations are already under way for the upcoming 2010 high school baseball season.
Logan High School has released its schedule and there are several interesting games on tap for the Wildcats.
Logan completed its most successful decade last spring as the Wildcats won four state championships, eight regional titles and were a perfect 10 out of 10 in winning sectional championships in the 2000s.
The Wildcats, led by Hall of Fame coach Roger Gertz, claimed Class AAA state championships in 2000 and 2001 and were the Class AA state titleholders in 2005 and 2008. Logan just missed a third straight Class AAA title in 2002 but lost to Hurricane in the state finals. The Wildcats also made it to the state tourney in 2004, 2006 and last year.
Last season, Logan went 25-9 but fell 8-1 to Martinsburg in the Class AAA state semifinals at Charlestons Appalachian Power Park.
The Wildcats took the 09 Triple-A regional title with a 10-0 victory over Nicholas County and advanced to the regional finals with a 9-3 victory at home over Riverside in the semifinal round.
Logan claimed the double-elimination sectional title with a 3-1 mark with two wins over George Washington and another victory over South Charleston.
The baseball-rich Wildcats return many key players from last years team, including pitchers David Brown, Todd Fleming and Corey Lakatos and also Timmy Rein, Shaun Wagner and many others.
Logan lost some key players due to graduation, however, including pitchers Jordan Butcher and Ronnie Abbott, catcher Cody Vinson, outfielders Josh Wilson and Chad Boytek and shortstop Ross Easterling.
The Wildcats, which are scheduled to open the season March 24 at Hurricane, will once again play in Myrtle Beach, S.C., over Spring Break as LHS is set to take part in the Mingo Bay Classic, April 5-9.
Also back on the schedule after a one-year hiatus is the annual McDonalds Classic tournament at Logans Roger Gertz Field. The Wildcats are set to host the tourney April 23-24 and are set to host Greenbrier East and Matewan in a day/night doubleheader.
Logan is set to have home-and-home series with Triple-A teams Hurricane, Winfield, Riverside, Cabell Midland and Greenbrier East and a single game against 3A South Charleston.
The Wildcats also have home-and-homes with county rivals Chapmanville and Man and play a home-and-home with Belfry (Ky.) and Scott.
In typical fashion, Logan plays the majority of its home games in the last half of the season. The Wildcats are slated to play nine out of their last 12 games at home with two of the away trips being in-county at Man and Chapmanville.
Logan is slated to play at former sectional rival Chapmanville on April 27 at Ted Ellis Field and then host the Tigers on May 5. The Wildcats host Man on April 14, then play the Hillbillies May 6 on the road in the regular season finale.
Counting the spring break tourney, Logan is only scheduled to be home two times in its first 11 games. The home opener is set for March 29 against South Charleston. The following day, the Wildcats are slated to host Belfry, Ky.
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