March 11, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

MARION - The John A. Logan College baseball team split a doubleheader with visiting Dyersburg State, Tenn. Wednesday, falling in the opener, 5-2, before bouncing back in the nightcap to win, 3-1, at Rent One Park

Winning pitcher for the Vols in Game 2 was freshman righthander Aaron Novak. He went five innings and allowed only three hits.

 

Sophomore Jake Herron worked the final two innings to earn the save. He gave up one unearned run in the seventh.

 

Freshman Nate Tholl paced the Logan offense with three hits. Logan Kaletha doubled and Kenny King delivered an RBI single.

 

The Vols held a 2-1 lead in the last inning of Game One, but couldn't hang on for the win.

 

Freshman Tyler Bialeschki started and went five innings, surrendering one run on three hits.

 

Austin Fender relieved and hurled the next 1 2/3 frames before giving way to Herron. Fender was tagged with the loss. He gave up four runs on five hits.

 

Offensively, Austin Rieman and Jeff Hahs stroked RBI singles.

 

Vols head coach Jerry Halstead said it was disappointing to finish with a split when it could have easily been a sweep.

 

"We had the bases loaded with a lead in the sixth inning and couldn't come up with the big hit to put the game away," he said. "And then defensively, we didn't turn a routine double play in the seventh inning that would have ended the game."

 

Halstead said he was glad, however, to see the Vols bounce back after such a tough loss.

 

"We got good pitching from Novak and Herron. And we did just enough offensively to win."

 

Now 5-3 overall, Logan returns to action Saturday with a doubleheader at 1p.m. against Kaskaskia College at Itchy Jones Stadium on the SIUC campus.