February 14, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

ALEXANDER CITY, ALA. - An explosive offense enabled the John A. Logan College baseball team to another doubleheader sweep of Central Alabama Saturday afternoon.
Now 4-0, the Vols won the opener, 15-11, and the nightcap, 8-1.


Marshall Gilbert paced the offense in Game 1 with four hits, all doubles, and four runs scored.


Tyler Robertson, Doug Parks and Tyler Horchem added three hits each.


Winning pitcher was Clay Newton in relief of Jerred Quartier. Taylor Grider tossed the final inning.


In Game 2, the Vols got six strong innings from Patrick McBride, who struck out four and walked only one in picking up the win.
Offensively, Ben Smith recorded an RBI single and Logan Kaletha a two-run double in the fourth inning.Parks had a three-run double in the fifth.

Vols head coach Jerry Halstead said he was pleased with his team's weekend performance.

"I thought we played very well, especially to be so early in the season," he said. "It helps to have all these sophomores we have. Experience can make a big difference. We are strong up the middle defensively. We pitched it. We swung the bat extremely well. We were good in all phases of the game."

Halstead said Logan has a chance for a special season.

"This group has the mindset to be very good. We faced a Division I pitcher in Game 2 on Friday and handled him pretty well. When he made a mistake, we jumped all over him. Of course, injuries can kill your momentum. Bad weather can hurt you, too, but so far, so good."

Halstead said Logan Kaletha and Tyler Robertson did a good job at the top of the batting order setting the table for the middle of the order guys in Marshall Gilbert, Jeff Hahs, Doug Parks, and Tyler Horchem.

"To have a freshman in Gilbert in the 3 hole tells you what kind of hitter he is," Halstead said. "For the most part, we got out to early leads, which helped our confidence. But even when we blew an eight-run lead on Friday and then fell behind 5-0 in Game 1 Saturday, there was no panic. We simply got back to business." 

The Vols return to Alabama this weekend with single games against Southern Union (Alabama), Spartanburg Methodist (South Carolina) and Dyersburg State (Tennessee).

"That will be some outstanding competition," Halstead said. "Hopefully, we can go down there and back up what we just did this weekend."