April 3, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

MOUNT CARMEL - Sophomore outfielder Tyler Horchem rapped out four hits and drove in seven Sunday to lead the John A. Logan College baseball team to a doubleheader sweep of host Wabash Valley, 11-8 and 7-5.
With the pair of victories, Logan takes all three games in the series and improves to 12-1 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and 25-6 overall.
The Vols now own a three-game league lead over the second-place Warriors, who are 9-4.
"It feels pretty good to come out with a sweep. It has been a while since we have done that here," said JALC head coach Jerry Halstead.
Horchem's first inning grand slam gave the Vols a 4-0 lead, but the,Warriors battled back to take a 6-4 lead after seven.
Logan rallied with six runs in the top of the eighth to regain the lead at 10-6.
In that frame, Jeff Hahs singled. Cody Birdsong doubled and pinch hitter Ben Smith doubled to tie the game. Logan Kaletha singled in the go-ahead run. Tyler Robertson singled. Doug Parks singled in a run and Horchem added a two-run double.
Sophomore right hander Gabe Jelley then came on in relief of Peyton Cypress to earn a six-out save for the,Vols.
Cypress, who had relieved starter Bobby Pennington at the start of the seventh, was credited with the win.
"We don't panic if we fall behind late. We play with a lot of confidence," Horchem said.
In the nightcap, freshman hurler Jerred Quartier went all seven innings to pick up the win for the Vols.
The freshman allowed five runs (all unearned) on only three hits. He struck out nine and walked three.
"I thought Jerred was simply outstanding today," Halstead said. "He mixed his pitches well and had just the one rough inning. If we don't make an error, he throws a shutout."
The Vols built a 7-0 lead. Parks had a two-run homer in the sixth, which proved to be the difference. Colin Butkiewicz had a double, triple, and two runs batted in. Kaletha and  Horchem had two hits each. Marshall Gilbert had one hit and drove in a run.
Parks was a standout defensively on the day, including a stunning sliding catch of a pop fly in foul ground in front of the Wabash Valley dugout.
The Vols play host to Jefferson, Mo. at 3 p.m. today in a non-conference match at Itchy Jones Stadium on the SIU campus