March 6, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Twice erasing early-game deficits, the John A. Logan College baseball team swept a doubleheader from visiting Triton College Sunday, 9-5 and 12-2. The second game was called after five innings due to the 10-run rule.

With the pair of victories, Logan improves to 12-3 on the season and is scheduled to open Great Rivers Athletic Conference play at home Thursday afternoon against Kaskaskia.

In Game 1 Sunday, sophomore Peyton Cypress was winning pitcher in relief of starter, Patrick McBride. Cypress worked the final three innings, allowing no runs on one hit. He struck out one and walked none. McBride hurled the initial four frames, surrendering five runs (four earned) on three hits with two strikeouts and one walk.

Freshman Marshall Gilbert pounded out three hits in three at bats, including a double and three runs batted in and three runs scored to pace the offense. Freshman Ben Smith was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Sophomore Tyler Horchem had two hits and two RBIs. Sophomore Tyler Robertson scored two runs and redshirt freshman Logan Kaletha had a double, RBI, and run scored.

In the nightcap, the Vols spotted Triton a 2-0 lead after one half inning, but bounced back with three in the bottom of the frame. Logan went on to score nine more runs in all.

Cody Birdsong was 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBIs. Gilbert went 2-for-2 with a double, two RBIs, and three runs scored. Horchem had a hit and three RBIs. Smith belted a double and drove in three runs.

“I’ve been getting a lot of good pitches to hit the last couple of days,” Gilbert said. “’m just trying to stay with my approach – take the ball up the middle and take it to right. If you put a good swing on the ball, usually good things will happen.”

Vols head coach Jerry Halstead was pleased to take a four-game sweep of Triton.

“At the end of the day, we got done what we needed to get done,” he said. “We got down early in the first game, but showed some poise, some resolve. We didn’t panic and had some good at bats. I thought our sophomores showed up for us today,” Halstead said. “Peyton Cypress came into the game in relief of McBride and did a real nice job of nailing down the win for us in Game 1.

“In Game 2, Jerred did a fine job of throwing the ball after a rough first inning and our hitters kept things going in the right direction,” Halstead said. “We have a pretty good record, but I think we have a chance to get a lot better once we get a few things cleaned up.”

Dougie Parks and Logan Kaletha each contributed base hits in Game 2 as did freshman Landen Harris, who slugged a towering, walk-off home run in the bottom of the fifth.

Winning pitcher was Jerred Quartier. The freshman worked all five innings and gave up two runs on four hits. He struck out a stunning 12 batters with no walks.