March 15, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

MARION - Sophomore outfielder Tyler Horchem stroked three hits, including a grand slam, and drove in six runs Monday to lead the John A. Logan College baseball team to a 9-7 win over Kaskaskia College at Rent One Park.

Horchem said he wasn't looking to hit a home run with the bases loaded.

"I was thinking sacrifice fly like I had earlier in the game," he said. "It was a fastball down and in and I was fortunate enough to get the barrel of my bat around on it."

Horchem said the hot start is special for the Vols.

"It seems like we have a different guy step up every game," he said. "We still have a long way to go, but it's a good start for us for sure. As for me, it helps big time that I have that year of experience under my belt. I feel pretty comfortable at the plate."

With the victory, the Vols remain unbeaten in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference at 3-0 and now stand 15-3 overall. 

Logan tallied one run in the first inning; two in the third; and six in the fourth. The Blue Devils scored single runs in the third, fourth, fifth, and seventh before adding three in the eighth.

Winning pitcher for the Vols was freshman starter Jerred Quartier (4-0). He worked 5 2/3 innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits. He also struck out six and walked three.

Freshman Patrick McBride hurled the next 1 1/3 frames, surrendering three runs on five hits with no strikeouts.

Sophomore Gabe Jelley worked the final two innings for the save. He gave up one run on two hits, struck out two, and walked one.

Freshman catcher Marshall Gilbert also had a multi-hit game, banging out two base hits in three at bats and added a run batted in. 

Contributing one hit each were: Logan Kaletha, Tyler Robertson, Landen Harris, Dougie Parks, Ben Smith, and Colin Butkiewicz.

"Anytime you win a series in this league, it's a good thing," said JALC head coach Jerry Halstead. "To sweep is putting together three pretty good games. Today's game was a bit of role reversal from the previous two, but even though we left a lot of men on base today, we did a lot of things well. It's hard to be upset with 3-0 in the league."

Halstead said Jelley closed out the game in style.

"If we can get Gabe to do what he did today, I think it takes this team to another level. The way he pitched in the ninth was kind of exciting. We need guys to step up, especially sophomores like Gabe. It was great to see."

Logan hits the road today to play a single game at Mineral Area College in Park Hills, Mo.