March 16, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

PARK HILLS, MO. - The John A. Logan College baseball team dropped a non-conference game at Mineral Area College Tuesday afternoon, 7-1.

The Volunteers scored their only run in the fifth inning on an RBI groundout off the bat of Colin Butkiewicz.

Logan managed only five hits in all as led by freshman Marshall Gilbert's two base knocks. He is now 29-for-65 on the spring and is sporting a .446 batting average to take over the team lead in that category.

Jeff Hahs had a double in four at bats. Tyler Horchem and Ben Smith added singles. 

Pitcher of record for Logan was freshman Josh Scheer. He worked 3 2/3 innings, allowed five runs (four earned) on four hits, struck out three, and walked two.

Carbondale freshman Noah Thornburg hurled the next 3 1/3 frames and gave up two runs on four hits. He struck out one and walked one.

Another Carbondale product, Justin Hoffman, worked one inning and did not allow a run or hit, while fanning one.

JALC head coach Jerry Halstead, while disappointed with the loss, said it's hard to be at your best every day.

"The only real concern I had was that we went 14 innings counting the second half of Monday's game and only scored one run with the offense we have. Hopefully, we can get things going again in our next game."

Despite the loss, the Vols are off to their best start in eight years at 15-4. They will return to Great Rivers Athletic Conference play Thursday afternoon at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville.