Logan pounds on winless Billies 15-1
by Jerry Fekete
and Paul Adkins
MAN — The Logan High School baseball team pounded on county rival Man 15-1 in Wednesday night’s clash at Man.
Logan improved to 7-3 on the season with the win.
Man, still searching for its first victory of the season, dropped to 0-8.
Right-hander Johnny Morrison struck out 11 batters in six innings of work to pick up the win on the hill for the Wildcats. Trace Butcher then fired a scoreless seventh.
Man’s Braden Griffin broke up Morrison’s no-hit bid in the fifth inning with a solo homer.
The Cats were led in hitting by Z. Minnick with a double, a homer and two RBI.
Zach Hanlon added two doubles and 3 RBI. Jacob Browning had two hits including a double.
Alex Lakatos, Brenton Vance and Cameron Sammons also had two RBI apiece. Josh Rein, Trent Dalton, Cameron Sammons, Troy Burgess, Butcher and Kyle Harvey all added singles.
Logan plated four runs in the first, two in the third, one in the fourth, three more in the sixth and five in the seventh. Man scored its only run in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Logan outhit Man 14-2 and committed no errors in the field. Man had three errors in the game.
Griffin struggled on the mound from the start, walking five batters in the top of the first inning as the Wildcats scored four times without the aid of a hit to take a 4-0 lead. Griffin hit two batters as well as he just could not find the strikezone.
Man head coach Larry Vance had to make a pitching change — the first of four changes on the evening. John Thomas Keffer was Man’s first relief pitcher.
In the top of the fourth, Minnick ripped a solo homer over the short porch in right field off new Man pitcher Cayce Mullins to make it 7-0.
Man got its lone run of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning to take away Morrison’s no-hitter and shutout as Griffin hit a solo home run over the short right field fence to make it a 7-1 game. Keffer then got the final hit of the game for the Billies on a grounder to short that took a bad hop and went over Minnick’s head into left field.
Logan would go on to cruise to victory.
The Cats added two more runs in the top of the sixth inning off new Man hurler Noah Maynard thanks to a two-run double off the bat of Jacob Browning for a 9-1 advantage.
Logan put the game away in the top of the seventh inning, scoring five times with the big blow being a base clearing, three-run double by Hanlon.
The Wildcats are scheduled to play at Ripley on Friday night. The first pitch is set for 7 p.m. Logan then hosts Winfield on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Roger Gertz Field. LHS hosts Cabell Midland on Monday at 7 and hosts Lincoln County on Wednesday at 7.
The Hillbillies were scheduled to host Mingo Central on Thursday night. Man goes to Buffalo on Friday for a 6 p.m. game and then hosts Liberty Raleigh on Saturday at 2 p.m. Then on Tuesday night, Man hosts Sherman at 6 p.m. before hosting Phelps (Ky.) on Wednesday night at 7.
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