March 16, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARBONDALE - The John A. Logan College baseball team dropped two of three games to Kaskaskia over the weekend at Itchy Jones Stadium on the SIUC campus. The Vols split a doubleheader Saturday, losing Game One in 11 innings, 12-11, before bouncing back to claim the nightcap, 6-3. The Blue Devils then won the rubber game of the series Sunday afternoon, 5-2.

Logan fallls to 4-2 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and 6-5 overall.

Matthias Dietz was hit hard in the first game, surrendering eight runs (four earned) on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings of work. Bobby Pennington worked the next 5 1/3 innings, giving up four earned runs on eight hits. He also walked five and had three strikeouts.

Gabe Jelley hurled the final one-third inning.

Offensively, Kyle Schneider and Austin Rieman paced the Vols with three hits each. Doug Parks cranked a solo homer. Culver Plant contributed a double and two runs batted in. Jeff Hahs collected two hits and Tyler Horschem added one.

In the second game Saturday, sophomore lefthander Joey Marciano picked up the win for Logan. He held Kaskaskia to three runs on six hits in 6 2/3 frames. Marciano struck out a stunning 15 batters and walked five before giving way to Jelley, who got the last out to earn the save.

At the dish, Plant, Parks, Nate Tholl and Horchem all stroked two hits.

"I thought we had great pitching from Joey in the second game. We just didn't get enough good pitching in the first game," said Vols head coach Jerry Halstead. "Too many times, we missed out on scoring opportunities by failing to come up with the big hit. We scored 11 runs and lost and should have scored 17 or 18."

In the deciding game Sunday, the Blue Devils' Hayden Kissee outdueled Ryan Dunne. Kissee went all nine innings, scattering five hits with the two runs. He struck out six. Dunne went six innings, allowing four runs on eight hits. All runs crossed the plate in the fifth inning. Logan had led 1-0.

Jake Herron worked the final two innings for Logan, allowing one earned run on two hits.

Bailey Schmimpf knocked out two of Logan's five hits. Parks, Schneider and Kenny King had the others. Pland and King drove in the only runs on groundouts.

"The bottom line is that we just didn't hit enough," Halstead said. "We'll regroup and come back at it Thursday at home against Southwestern Illinois."

That game is set for 1 p.m. in Carterville.

Infielder Logan Kaletha was struck with a pitch, resulting in a hairline fracture in his hand. He is out indefinitely.