April 6, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

MARION – Sophomore lefthander Joey Marciano allowed only one unearned run on three hits in seven innings of work Sunday afternoon at Rent One Park in Marion as the John A. Logan College baseball team defeated Wabash Valley, 2-1, in Game 2 of a doubleheader to earn a split on the day.

The Warriors took the opener of the twin bill, 15-7.

The series victory is the Vols’ second straight and fifth win overall in the last six games.

“Joe was outstanding today. He was in control the whole game,” said Logan head coach Jerry Halstead. “He had one little blip with the unearned run in the seventh, but I thought he had good command with a low pitch count.”

Halstead pointed out that Marciano was “Freshman of the Year” in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference last year and has already signed a Division I letter of intent with SIU.

“His performance today was what we have come to expect,” Halstead said. “Joe’s a quality guy with command of three pitches, and sometimes a fourth. This was one of his better games. He had a couple of former classmates on the other side of the diamond, so I think he was a little more amped up for this start than usual.”

Marciano (4-2) finished with 10 strikeouts against only two walks.

“Wabash Valley is a very good team. They got some hits off me and beat me last year, and ever since, I wanted to get my revenge,” he said. “Today, my fastball, curve and slider were working well for me. My change was the only pitch I wasn’t throwing for strikes. Around the third or fourth inning, I felt like my stuff was on. I had a hard break to my curve. My fastball was on the black on each side of the plate. I can’t complain with the way things worked out.”

Logan scored what proved to be the game-winning runs in the first inning.

With one out, Nate Tholl was hit by a pitch. Jake Carpenter walked. Freshman Jeff Hahs followed with a two-run triple into the right centerfield gap.

“I was struggling at the plate in the first game (0-for-4), so I came into the second game with the mindset that I had to help the team out when I got my chance. Fortunately, I was able to do that in the first inning,” said Hahs, who finished with two hits. “I can probably count on one hand the number of triples I’ve had the last few years.”

Also collecting hits for the Vols were: Bailey Schimpf, Colton Bryant, Kyle Schneider and Carpenter.

Freshman Matthias Dietz took the loss in the opener as he was tagged for eight runs on 11 hits in only five innings of work. Relievers Gabe Jelley and Peyton Cypress also struggled, surrendering a combined seven runs on 11 hits over the final four innings.

Three Warriors rapped out five hits apiece, including Ben Spitznagel, Angel Perez, and Angel Alicea. Kevin Suarez had four hits.

Logan actually led 7-5 after three innings. Top hitter was Austin Rieman with four hits in five at bats. Carpenter followed with three hits. Tyler Horchem had a three-run double.  Nate Tholl contributed a ground-rule double.

Now 8-7 in the GRAC and 11-11 overall, the Vols travel to Dowell at 3 p.m. today to take on Morthland College. Logan will also take to the road Tuesday for a doubleheader in Dyersburg, Tenn. before returning to conference play Thursday in Mattoon against Lake Land.

“This was a good weekend for us,” Halstead said. “We have to win these low-scoring games, because we’re not going to win many slugfests.”

 

 

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