April 9, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

MATTOON - Sophomore Doug Parks slugged a two-run homer and fellow soph, Gabe Jelley, tossed three scoreless innings of relief to lead the John A. Logan College baseball team to an 8-6 Game 2 win at Lake Land Saturday.

The Volunteers also won the opener, 6-2, in 11 innings to sweep the three-game series from the Lakers.

Logan improves to 15-1 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and to 29-6 overall. Lake Land falls to 8-21.

The Vols built a 6-2 lead early in the nightcap, but the Lakers rallied against Logan starter Jerred Quartier to tie the game after four innings at 6-6.

In the top of the sixth, Logan Kaletha struck out, but reached first safely on a throwing error by the catcher.

Tyler Robertson bunted Kaletha to second and Parks followed with a bomb over the fence in center, which would prove to be the game winner.

"It felt unbelievable to see it go out," Parks said. "I had been struggling with the bat and was hoping I could get a pitch to drive. Fortunately, I did."

Jelley, meanwhile, was rock solid in earning the win. He faced 13 batters in his three innings of work, allowed no hits, struck out one, walked two, and hit one.

Robertson paced the Vols' offense with three hits while Parks and Kaletha had two apiece. Jeff Hahs banged a solo homer in the third inning. Parks contributed a two-run single in the first.

in Game 1, the Vols and Lakers were tied 2-2 at the end of regulation, but finally broke through for four runs in the 11th.

Two throwing errors by the Lake Land pitcher resulted in one run. Cody Birdsong's sac fly drove in a second run. A third run scored when Landen Harris reached on an error and a fourth run scored on a bunt single by Robertson.

Again, Robertson led the offense with three hits. Marshall Gilbert and Tyler Horchem added two hits each.

Winning pitcher was sophomore reliever Peyton Cypress, who recorded four scoreless innings on three hits. He struck out two and walked none.

Logan starter Bobby Pennington certainly pitched well enough to win. The sophomore was awarded a no-decision after surrendering two runs in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out nine and walked two.

"We left a lot of men on the bases today (26), but good clubs find a way to win these kinds of games," said Vols head coach Jerry Halstead. "Lake Land played us as well as anyone. The first game today could have gone either way and the second game went down to the last out, too. We didn't play our best ball today, but got the job done."

The Vols return to action Tuesday at home against Shawnee. First game is at noon.