May 11, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Five John A. Logan College baseball players have received recognition for their work done on the diamond this spring.

Named All-Great Rivers Athletic Conference were: sophomore pitcher Matthias Dietz; sophomore shortstop Tyler Robertson; sophomore outfielder Jeff Hahs; and freshman outfielder Logan Kaletha.

Named to the All-Region 24 team were: Dietz, Robertson, Kaletha, and freshman catcher Marshall Gilbert.

Robertson was picked by league coaches as “Player of the Year” in the GRAC. He led the team in batting at .416 and recorded the most hits with 89.

Kaletha was chosen as “Freshman of the Year.” He had the second-most hits with 80 and batted a robust .379. He also led the team in stolen bases with 26.

Gilbert hit .406 with a team-high 12 home runs, 20 doubles, five triples, and 67 RBIs. Hahs batted .354 with seven homers and 43 runs batted in.

Not surprisingly, Dietz was named “Pitcher of the Year” in both the GRAC and Region 24. He compiled a stunning 12-1 record on the mound with a jaw-dropping 1.22 earned-run average. Moreover, he struck out 117 batters in 103 innings with eight complete games and three shutouts.

Nationally, Dietz ranked first in innings pitched and second in both wins and complete games. He was also fifth best in the country in strikeouts, shutouts and ERA.

Vols head coach Jerry Halstead, who is retiring this August after 33 years on the diamond and having posted 1,295 career wins, was named “GRAC Coach of the Year” for the 10th time.

Additionally, Logan was awarded the “All-Sports Trophy” for the Great Rivers Athletic Conference based on conference finish with multiple sports. This year marks the second straight year JALC has earned the award and seventh time in the 14 years Halstead has served the school as athletic director.