February 23, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

WADLEY, ALA. – The John A. Logan College baseball team fell 4-1 in 10 innings to nationally-ranked Spartanburg Methodist (South Carolina) Saturday afternoon at the Southern Union State Invitational in Wadley, Ala.
The Vols finished tournament play in Alabama at 1-2.

Logan can’t say it didn’t have its chances against Spartanburg Methodist. The Vols left the bases loaded three times without scoring, including the bottom half of the ninth.

“And there was nobody out in the ninth, which makes it even tougher to take,” said JALC head coach Jerry Halstead.

The offense wasted superlative pitching performances from sophomore Ryan Dunne and freshman Gabe Jelley.

Dunne worked six hitless innings, striking out seven and walking seven. Jelley worked hitless frames in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings before finally giving up the winning runs in the 10th.

“I can’t fault Ryan and Gabe’s effort,” Halstead said. “They deserved a better fate.”

Logan was led offensively by freshman Kenny King, who went 2-for-4 with a double. Logan Kaletha had a single, run battged in, and three walks. Bailey Schimpf had one hit, a run scored, and two walks.

Weather permitting, Logan is scheduled to return to action Tuesday at Mineral Area College in Park Hills, Mo. The Vols will then host South Suburban at 2 p.m. on Thursday at Rent One Park in Marion.