February 29, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Freshman infielder Cody Birdsong banged out four hits and drove in four runs Monday to lead the John A. Logan College baseball team to a doubleheader sweep of South Suburban College, 12-7, in seven innings and 11-0 in five innings.

With the pair of wins, the Volunteers improve to 8-3 overall. The Bulldogs remain winless on the season at 0-4.

It was South Suburban, however, that jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead in the first inning of the opener as Logan starter, Patrick McBride, struggled immensely. He surrendered six hits, walked a batter, and hit a batter.

But he was a much improved pitcher in the second through fourth innings, allowing no runs on one hit. He also struck out four to earn the win. Sophomore Peyton Cypress worked the final three innings to earn the save. He allowed no runs on no hits, struck out four, and walked two.

The Vols closed the gap to two at 7-5 in the second inning as Lucas Larson drove in a run and Aaron Fuller drove in two. Tyler Robertson also drove in a run on a groundout.

Logan tallied six runs on five hits in the fourth inning to take a lead it would not relinquish. Birdsong doubled in two as did Marshall Gilbert. The latter had to leave the game after a throw to second caught him in the mouth.

The Vols added an insurance run in the fifth when Doug Parks doubled, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Colin Butkiewicz.

In Game 2, there was little drama. Jerred Quartier tossed five scoreless innings to get the win. The freshman allowed six hits and struck out two.

Offensively, Ben Smith stepped up his game with two doubles and four runs batted in to go along with Birdsong’s two hits and two RBIs. Sophomore Tyler Horchem added two hits.

“We came out not pitching well right out of the chute,” said JALC head coach Jerry Halstead. “Fortunately, the offense did a great job battling back, and once we took the lead, we kept it. In the second game, Jerred Quartier did a nice job of keeping the ball down and mixing and matching his pitches. We’ll certainly take the doubleheader sweep.”

Logan is scheduled to host Morthland College Thursday and Triton College Saturday and Sunday.