April 28, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Sophomore outfielder Kyle Schneider banged out five hits, including three doubles and four runs batted in Tuesday, to lead the John A. Logan College baseball team to a doubleheader sweep over visiting Three Rivers, Mo., 3-1 and 5-0, in non-conference action.

Trailing 1-0, the Vols tallied all the runs they would need to win the opener in the bottom of the third inning. Sophomore Austin Rieman led off with a single. Another sophomore, Jake Carpenter, followed suit. Doug Parks bunted the runners to second and third and Schneider roped a ground-rule double down the left field line for a 2-1 lead. Schneider advanced to third on a wild pitch and then came home to score on an RBI base hit to left by Nate Tholl.

That was all the runs that sophomore righthander Jake Herron (4-1) would need. Herron worked all seven innings, allowing one run on four hits. He struck out seven, including six through the first three innings.

Schneider paced the offense with three hits in four at bats. Jeff Hahs, Carpenter and Rieman each collected two hits.

In Game 2, the Vols scored a single run in the second inning when Tyler Horchem singled, advanced on a wild pitch, and scored on an RBI single from Carpenter.

Logan made it 2-0 in the third as Hahs doubled home Tholl. The home team tacked on three insurance runs in the fourth inning. Tyler Robertson reached on an infield single. Carpenter doubled him to third. Kenny King delivered a sacrifice fly. Parks reached on an infield single. Schneider followed with a two-run double.

Winning pitcher was starter, Peyton Cypress. The freshman allowed no runs on four hits. He struck out two, walked two, and benefited from a flyout double play when Logan’s Hahs gunned down Branch, who tried to advance to third on a fly ball to medium rightfield.

“I was just trying to pound the strike zone early and often today,” Cypress said. “When I’m on my game, I try to get my fastball on the outside corner or get the batter to chase the curve in the dirt. I think I’m finally starting to get my game together.”

Gabe Jelley worked two scoreless innings in relief of Cypress, striking out one. The big righthander from Zeigler also benefited from a double play on a lineout to Hahs to end the game.

Carpenter said the team is growing more and more confident with each additional win.

“We’re rolling into the playoffs this Saturday with these two wins today and have now won eight in a row,” he said. “The pitching staff is doing very well. We’re scoring a lot of runs. The defense has been solid. We just have to keep pushing ourselves.”

Vols head coach Jerry Halstead said it was nice to take a pair of games from a quality program like Three Rivers.

“We wanted to stay on a little roll and were able to do that today,” he said.  “We got great pitching from all three of our guys. Anytime you get midweek pitching like we got today, you have to feel pretty good.”

Halstead said the offense was not as potent Tuesday as it has been in recent weeks.

“But we swung the bats well enough,” he said. “We just need to get our third through fifth hitters – Plant, Hahs and Horchem – hot again. The good news is that we are definitely playing our best baseball of the year at the right time.”

Now 24-14 overall, Logan will host Lake Land College in the quarterfinal round of the Region 24 tournament with a doubleheader Saturday beginning at noon in Carterville. A third and deciding game will be played Sunday at noon, if necessary.

The winner will advance to the semifinal round the following weekend.

 

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