April 20, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE - Freshman pitcher Patrick McBride was in command Tuesday as he led the John A. Logan College baseball team to a 3-1 win over Dyersburg State, Tenn. in the first game of a non-conference doubleheader.

The visitors bounced back to win the nightcap, 11-4.

McBride worked all seven innings. He allowed only one run on five hits. He struck out three and walked one. 

"Patrick did a nice job of mixing his pitches to keep a high-powered offense off balance today," said JALC head coach Jerry Halstead. 

Another freshman, catcher Marshall Gilbert, blasted a solo homer to pace the Vols' offense. 

Sophomore outfielder Jeff Hahs also contributed an RBI single.

In the second game, sophomore starting pitcher A.J. Novak took the loss for Logan. Dyersburg State scored five runs in the first and another five spot in the second. 

Offensively, sophomore outfielder Tyler Horchem had an RBI single. A second run scored on a wild pitch. Gilbert continued his hot bat with a two-run single to account for the third and fourth runs. 

Halstead said Dyersburg State is a "very good ballclub" and to come away with a split while not using any of the team's top three starting pitchers speaks highly of the Vols.

"They had a nine-game win streak coming into the day and we were fortunate enough to knock them off in the opener. In the second game, we didn't pitch or hit well enough to win."

Logan now stands 34-8 overall and will travel to Harrisburg Thursday to take on Southeastern Illinois in the first game of a three-game series. The Vols will host the Falcons in a noon doubleheader Saturday.