April 5, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

 

MOUNT CARMEL –  The John A. Logan College baseball team took the opening game of a three-game series with Wabash Valley Saturday afternoon, knocking off the Warriors in Mount Carmel, 6-3.

The Volunteers improve to 7-6 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and to 10-10 overall, while Wabash falls to 4-7-1 in the league and 18-11-1 overall. The two teams return to action with a doubleheader at noon today (Sunday) at Rent One Park in Marion.

Sophomore starting pitcher Ryan Dunne was outstanding for the Vols. He worked into the seventh inning before he allowed any runs. He finished up with three runs allowed on five hits in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked four.

“Today, I felt like it was a good team effort,” Dunne said. “Our bats got going early, which game me some room to breathe. That allowed me to execute without as much pressure on me. This was a good win for us.”

Dunne was consistently clocked near 90 mph and touched 91 on occasion.

“I really wasn’t too worried about my velocity. I just wanted to concentrate on getting outs,” he said. “I’d like to think that winning today sets the tone for the series.”

Freshman Bobby Pennington relieved and earned the save with 2 1/3 innings of scoreless ball. He was bailed out of the seventh with a double-play grounder turned by newly inserted shortstop Tyler Robertson and second baseman Nate Tholl.

Logan scored single tallies in the first, fourth and fifth innings and then tacked on three more in the sixth for a commanding 6-0 lead.

Freshman outfielder Jeff Hahs delivered three hits to lead the offense and added an RBI. Sophomore outfielder Kyle Schneider continued his torrid pace with a double, single and two runs batted in. Sophomore designated hitter Jake Carpenter drove in one run and finished the day with a pair of base hits.

Freshman outfielder Bailey Schimpf (Zeigler) bunted home a run with the bases loaded and later added a bunt single. Freshman catcher Austin Rieman added a pair of hits, including a double. Freshman first sacker Tyler Horchem, Robertson and Tholl all added one safety apiece.

Logan has now won four straight games.

“Anytime you come to Wabash and win…I don’t care what sport…it’s a good win,” said Vols head coach Jerry Halstead. “They’ve got quite a good sports program going here. We played pretty well today.”

Halstead praised the work of his pitchers, Dunne and Pennington.

“Ryan gave us a strong six innings, which is what we needed to get us going here on the road today, and then Bobby came in and threw strikes,” Halstead said. “He could be a starter just like our top three, but has accepted his role and has done a great job with it.”

 

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