April 10, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

 

BY JOHN D. HOMAN

CARTERVILLE – Sophomore righthander Ryan Dunne pitched 8 2/3 innings of shutout ball Friday to lead the John A. Logan College baseball team to a 5-0 win over Lake Land College in the opener of a three-game series.

Dunne allowed only three hits, all singles; struck out seven; walked three; and hit one batter in improving to 3-2 on the spring. Freshman Matthias Dietz got the last out of the game, a strikeout.

“Today, I didn’t have all my best stuff, but I guess that’s what a good pitcher is supposed to do – find a way to win without your best stuff,” Dunne said. “I think that’s what I did today, so I’m pretty happy with myself. I kept working my fastball on the corners, and when I got ahead on the count, I was able to go to my curve.”

Vols head coach Jerry Halstead was certainly impressed.

“Ryan was outstanding from the get-go,” he said. “He should have had a complete-game shutout, but the pitch got away from the catcher on a strikeout, which would have been the third out. Because his pitch count was up and we had a 5-0 lead, I decided to take him out.

“I just felt like Ryan had done his work,” Halstead said. “He may not have had complete command of his fastball today, but he competed his rear end off for us.”

The Vols scored a run in the second on an RBI single from Tyler Horchem (3-for-4), driving in Jeff Hahs, who had reached on an error. Logan made it 2-0 in the fourth when Hahs (2-for-5) doubled and came around to score on an RBI safety squeeze bunt from Austin Rieman (1-for-3 with two sacrifice bunts).

The Vols made it 3-0 with a run in the sixth when Horchem singled and scored on an RBI base hit from Tyler Robertson. Hahs then put the game out of reach with a two-run single in the top of the ninth inning.

Logan hosted the game, but was the visiting team for the opener of the series. The Vols will now take the role of the home team today with a 1 p.m. doubleheader against the Lakers.

“Now, we know we can beat them,” Halstead said. “They’ve got a nice club. They’re in second place in the league and have some good athletes. We’ll have to be ready to get back at it again tomorrow against two more good pitchers.”

Logan is now 9-7 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and 13-12 overall. Lake Land falls to 9-4 in the league, 14-9 overall.

 

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