April 23, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services


BY JOHN D. HOMAN

Logan Media Services

 

CARTERVILLE – Logan Kaletha, Jeff Hahs and Marshall Gilbert all homered to lead the John A. Logan College baseball team to an 8-3 win over visiting Southeastern Illinois in Game 1 of a doubleheader Saturday.

Kaletha finished with four hits in all and scored three runs. Hahs added a triple to go along with his two-run homer in the first and drove in three runs, while scoring two. Gilbert had a double tacked on to his two-run homer in the second inning.

Tyler Robertson added three hits, two runs scored, and an RBI.

Winning pitcher was sophomore Bobby Pennington. He worked two outs into the seventh inning before giving way to reliever Peyton Cypress, who hurled the final 2 1/3 frames to earn the save.

As good as it was in the first game, the offense disappeared in the nightcap for the Vols as they fell 1-0 to the Falcons and their ace, sophomore righthander Allen Montgomery of Johnston City. Montgomery scattered six hits, struck out four, and walked two. He also hit a batter.

Freshman Jerred Quartier was the tough-luck loser for Logan despite allowing only three hits in his seven innings of work. Quartier struck out eight and walked two.

Following the split, the Volunteers stand 21-3 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and 36-9 overall. SIC moves to 6-17 in league play and 17-29 overall.

JALC head coach Jerry Halstead was disappointed his ballclub couldn’t pull off the sweep at home.

“You’re playing a team with six wins in the league now and you can’t sweep that team? We had ample opportunities,” Halstead said. “We had the bases loaded with one out in the third and our No. 3 hole hitter (Hahs) up and he couldn’t get the job done.

“Several other guys had chances to get it done, too, but didn’t, so hats off to Montgomery,” Halstead said. “He pitched well and showed good velocity today. We haven’t beaten a good pitcher in a couple of weeks now and we’re going to have to beat some come tournament time if we want to go anywhere.”

Logan will host the Lindenwood-Belleville University jayvee squad for a doubleheader Monday before closing out the regular season with a three-game series against Olney. The Vols will play at Olney on Thursday and host the Blue Knights a doubleheader at noon next Saturday.

Logan holds a one-game lead over Wabash Valley in the conference race and wins all tie-breakers after winning the season series against the Warriors.

“Assuming Wabash Valley wins out, we have to win two out of three against Olney to clinch the No. 1 seed for the Region 24 tournament,” Halstead said. “So, we still control our own destiny. Now, we just have to come out and get it done.”