February 12, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

ALEXANDER CITY, ALA. - The John A. Logan College baseball team opened the spring season on the right note Friday, sweeping a doubleheader from host, Central Alabama, 7-2 and 12-10.

The Volunteers played some longball, bashing seven home runs on the day. 

In the opener, Logan Kaletha got the Vols going in the first inning with a leadoff blast over the fence. Marshall Gilbert followed with a two-run shot, driving in Tyler Robertson ahead of him, who had singled. 

JALC added three runs in the fifth on doubles by Doug Parks, Tyler Horchem and Ben Smith and an RBI single by Kaletha.

Robertson delivered a sac fly in the fourth, driving in Nate Tholl, who had doubled. 

Winning pitcher was sophomore righthander Matthias Dietz. He worked five innings and allowed one earned run on four hits. He struck out six and walked one. Taylor Grider hurled the final two frames, allowing one run on two hits with three strikeouts.

In the nightcap, the Vols received back-to-back homers in the first - a two-run shot from Jeff Hahs and solo blast from Doug Parks. 

Cody Birdsong belted the first of his two homers in the fourth. Ben Smith doubled and scored on a wild pitch.

The Vols added three in the fifth on singles by Hahs and Horchem and a three-run dinger off the bat of Birdsong.

Gilbert singled in Robertson in the sixth and Parks added a solo homer in the seventh.

Central Alabama rallied for eight runs in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game at 10-10 and force extra innings. 

In the 10th, Logan plated the winning runs on a two-run double by Gilbert. 

Smith (3-for-5), Gilbert 3-for-6), Birdsong, Hahs, Robertson, and Parks all recorded multiple hits.

Winning pitcher was Josh Scheer, who worked the final 3 2/3 innings, striking out eight. He allowed no runs on two hits. Bobby Pennington started the game and worked four innings, surrendering only one earned run on three hits. He fanned five. 

Peyton Cypress was tagged for eight runs in 2 1/3 innings in a relief role.

Logan plays another afternoon doubleheader today with Central Alabama before returning home.