March 28, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

ROBINSON – In one of the fastest-played nine-inning games on record, the Lincoln Trail College baseball team squeezed out one run in the bottom of the eighth inning Friday afternoon to beat John A. Logan, 1-0.

The Great Rivers Athletic Conference match lasted all of 1 hour, 35 minutes. The pace of the game was quickened considerably by temperatures in the mid-30s.

Sophomore righthander Damon Olds from Terre Haute, Ind. outdueled Vols’ freshman righty, Matthias Dietz, of Orlando Park. Olds allowed only three hits in earning the complete-game shutout. He struck out eight and walked none.

Logan only had one runner, Jake Carpenter, advance as far as second base, that coming in the second inning. Dietz was nearly as good for the Vols. He gave up the one run on seven hits in eight innings of work, struck out four and walked none.

In the eighth, Jack Holden led off with a single for Lincoln Trail. He stole second, advanced to third on a passed ball, and came in to score on a single past a drawn-in infield off the bat of Hunter Best.

Vols head coach Jerry Halstead praised Dietz.

“He was outstanding. We’ll take that kind of effort every time,” he said.

The veteran head coach said the Statesmen showed why they lead the league in victories.

“They found a way to win. That’s what good teams do,” Halstead said. “They believed they were going to win, while we were wondering how we were going to lose. We’re just not a very good-hitting club right now. I don’t know if we’re going to be one. We have to get some guys healthy.”

Carpenter had two of Logan’s three hits. Kyle Schneider had the other.

Logan (4-6 in the GRAC and 6-10 overall) now host Lincoln Trail (9-2, 15-10) a doubleheader in Carterville, beginning at noon today.