May 2, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – The John A. Logan College baseball team earned a doubleheader split with visiting Lake Land Saturday in quarterfinal round play of the Region 24 tournament, winning the opener 5-4 in 10 innings and dropping the nightcap, 8-5. That sets up a deciding Game 3 at noon today in Carterville for the right to advance to the semifinal round of the regional next Friday at Rent One Park.

The Volunteers (25-15) staggered to their opening-game win against the Lakers, committing five errors.

Logan led 2-0 after three innings and 4-2 after six, but Lake Land bounced back to tie the game with a pair of runs in the top of the seventh inning.

Freshman righthander Matthias Dietz relieved Logan starter Ryan Dunne in the eighth inning and worked three superb frames, allowing no runs and no hits. He struck out five of the 10 batters he faced. The only batter that reached base on him did so by way of an error.

The Vols scored the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning. Tyler Robertson led off with a walk. Austin Rieman bunted him to second and reached on an error. Jake Carpenter struck out for the first out, but Doug Parks singled to left, advancing Robertson to third and Rieman to second.

Kyle Schneider then grounded sharply to the left of the second baseman, who fielded the ball, but threw home too late to get Robertson.

Parks paced the offense with four hits in five at bats. Schneider rapped out three hits. Jeff Hahs notched a pair of hits. Culver Plant had a two-run single. Tyler Horchem and Robertson each had one hit.

Addison Russ took the loss for the Lakers. The sophomore righthander demonstrated magnificent endurance, pitching all the way into the 10th inning. He gave up five runs on 12 hits, struck out five and walked three.

“It was a very disappointing effort on our part today. We are very lucky to play another day, no question,” said Vols head coach Jerry Halstead. “The first game… I don’t know how we won it. We didn’t pitch very well until Dietz came in. Defensively, we were terrible. Offensively, we stranded runners. There was no energy. I told the guys they are lucky to play another day and they should come back Sunday and take advantage of that good luck.”

In Game 2, Logan could never get on track. The Lakers took a quick 1-0 lead off Vols’ starter Joey Marciano. Rightfielder Jermaine Terry then robbed Horchem of a two-run base hit in the bottom of the first with a diving catch near the foul line. He would later do the same to Nate Tholl …again with two runners on base.

Lake Land added three more runs off Marciano for a 4-0 lead in the third highlighted by a two-run double from Matt Walsh.

The Vols made a game of it in the bottom of the fourth with three runs in the fourth. Kenny King, Carpenter and Schneider all singled in runs.

The Lakers got those three runs back in the seventh inning, however, for a 7-3 lead, chasing Marciano from the game in the process. The visitors made it 8-3 in the eighth. The Vols cut the deficit to three at 8-5 on a two-run homer from King in the bottom of the frame.

Marciano, who falls to 7-3, allowed seven runs on 11 hits in his 6 1/3 innings of work. He struck out eight. Zeigler-Royalton grad Gabe Jelley relieved the sophomore and went 1 2/3 innings, surrendering one run on one hit. Tyler Bialeschki replaced Jelley in the ninth and struck out the side.

Winning pitcher was Edward Melendez. He went eight innings and gave up five runs on nine hits. Yoberth Marchan earned the save with a scoreless ninth.

King and Carpenter had two hits apiece to lead the Vols’ offense.

Game time is noon today.

 

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