June 13, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE - Three John A. Logan College baseball players - one sophomore and two freshmen - have received the highest postseason honor awarded to junior college athletes. 

Sophomore pitcher Matthias Dietz, freshman catcher Marshall Gilbert and redshirt freshman outfielder Logan Kaletha have been named National Junior College Athletic Association All-Americans based on their performance on the field.

Dietz, who posted a 12-1 record this past spring, was named First Team All-American. He was among the nation's leaders in wins, strikeouts (117), earned-run average (1.22), and innings pitched (103). 

On Thursday, he was selected in the second round (69th overall pick) of the Major League draft by the Baltimore Orioles. 

Gilbert was named Second Team All-American. He was second on the Vols in batting at .406; was tops in home runs with 12; runs bated in with 67; triples with five; and doubles with 20.

Kaletha was chosen Honorable Mention All-American. He batted .379 from his centerfielder's slot. He had 11 home runs; 46 RBIs; two triples; 12 doubles; and 60 runs scored. 

"It's a well-deserved honor for all three," said outgoing Vols' head baseball coach Jerry Halstead. "Each of them put up outstanding numbers, and as good as they are as players, they are just as outstanding off the field. I'm very happy they were awarded this recognition."

Halstead said the Vols will benefit this fall from the return of Gilbert and Kaletha.

"What a great pair to build around," Halstead said.