March 30, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – The John A. Logan College baseball team pounded out 12 runs on 10 hits and received stellar work from the pitching staff Monday afternoon in defeating visiting Morthland College, 12-1 in seven innings.

Freshman outfielder Jeff Hahs led the hit parade with two hits in three at bats and drove in two. Doug Parks added a two-run single. Jake Carpenter, Tyler Horchem, Kenny King and Bailey Schimpf each contributed RBI singles. Aaron Fuller drove in a run on a fielder’s choice grounder.

“We went out and did what we had to do,” said Vols head coach Jerry Halstead. “We stepped up and got some hits with runners in scoring position.”

Starting pitcher Jake Herron earned the win, working four innings of shutout ball. He struck out six, walked one and allowed but two hits.

Reliever Tyler Bialeschki was touched for one unearned run in two innings of work. He struck out three and gave up no hits. Reliever Gabe Jelley tossed one scoreless inning, fanning one.

“I thought our pitching was solid again today,” Halstead said. “Jake gave us four strong innings. That’s what we’ve come to expect from him. Defensively, we misplayed one ball in center or we would have had a shutout, but all in all, it was a very good day.”

One other positive note for Logan was the debut of Tyler Robertson, who missed all of last year with Tommy John surgery. The former pitcher entered the game in the sixth inning at shortstop and recorded one putout. He also lined out to short in his only at bat.

“It was good to see Tyler back out there competing,” Halstead said. “He’s had some tough luck with his arm and was told by his orthopedist that he would probably never pitch again. But even if he can’t pitch, Tyler can still help us. He played shortstop in high school. You can see how athletic he is.”

The Vols improve to 9-10 with the win and will resume Great Rivers Athletic Conference play at 3 p.m. Thursday in Mount Carmel against Wabash Valley College.