March 23, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

DYERSBURG, TENN. - The John A. Logan College baseball team split a doubleheader at Dyersburg State, Tenn. Tuesday, dropping the opener, 6-5, before bouncing back to trounce the host school in the nightap, 13-6.

"Typical mid-week games," said Vols head coach Jerry Halstead. "There were a lot of walks. We had our chances to get a sweep, but we'll take the split on the road against a pretty good ballclub in Dyersburg State."

In Game 1, Logan led 5-4 going into the final inning, but Dyersburg rallied for two runs to win the game. The first run scored on a sacrifice fly and the second on a bases-loaded walk. An error contributed to the comeback.

Logan scored two runs in the third inning, one in the fifth, and two in the sixth.

In the third, Dougie Parks walked and Marshall Gilbert singled. Both came around to score on an error.

Ben Smith and Jeff Hahs each singled in the fifth. Landen Harris followed with an RBI groundout. 

Two runs were plated in the sixth when Tyler Horchem executed a sac bunt that resulted in an error. Cody Birdsong also drove in a run on a groundout. 

Logan Kaletha paced the six-hit attack with two hits. 

Losing pitcher was freshman Noah Thornburg of Carbondale in relief of sophomore Gabe Jelley. 

Jelley worked the first four frames, allowing four runs (two earned) on two hits. He struck out four and walked three. Thornburg went the final 2 2/3 innings, allowing two unearned runs on three hits with two strikeouts. 

In Game 2, the Vols' bats exploded for 13 runs. They tallied three runs in the first; four in the fourth; five in the sixth; and one in the seventh.

Gilbert ripped three hits, including a homer, double and five runs batted in. Horchem was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Kaletha was 1-2 with three runs scored and two walks. Smith went 1-2 with a double and RBI. Lucas Larson was 1-3 with two RBIs. 

Josh Scheer started for Logan and worked the first two frames. He allowed four runs on three hits with no strikeouts and three walks. 

Taylor Grider relieved and earned the win. He worked five innings and surrendered only two runs on four hits with three strikeouts.

"Grider really came through in the clutch for us in the second game," Halstead said. "And it didn't hurt that we swung the bats a little better."

The Vols return to action for a single game at 3 p.m. on Thursday against Lincoln Trail. Logan will then play two in Robinson on Friday.