WHITMAN — The Logan Middle School baseball team is off to a 2-1 start to the season after a 10-9 win over Point Pleasant and a 9-5 loss at Winfield.
LMS had earlier beaten Madison Middle School, 9-4, in the opener.
The Timberwolves won over Point Pleasant on Wednesday night at a frigid Timmy Marcum Field of Dreams at Whitman.
With temperatures near freezing, snow falling heavily at times and with pitchers struggling to feel their fingers, the Timberwolves were able to pull it out over the Black Knights with a come from behind victory.
Zack Shawver, Kyle Porter, Seth Nichols and Matt Brown combined for 10 strikeouts and only three earned runs.
Brown picked up the victory but it truly was a “gutty” performance in the bitter conditions by all four pitchers, Logan Middle School coach Alex Perry said.
“Zack started and he has been suffering from a nagging wrist injury and after the first inning it was just very uncomfortable for him,” Perry said.
Porter then relieved Shawver and threw three strong innings that was plagued by several fielding errors.
Nichols then made his pitching debut and threw well for an inning.
“I introduced Seth to a curveball yesterday at practice and he is coming along nicely with it. He threw it a couple of times tonight and kept the hitters off balance,” Perry said.
Brown then threw the final two innings for Logan when the snow and wind were at its worst.
“What can you say about a kid that catches five innings in the cold and then switched caps and gives you two innings when his arm is probably not at its strongest?” Perry said. “Matt is a whole lot like his older brother David, who would catch an entire game and then wanted to pitch the next day.”
Offensively, Porter led the LMS attack, going 2-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI.
T.J. Mullins, Caleb Lawson and Brown all collected two RBI and scored a run.
Tyler Browning scored two runs and had an RBI, while Will Akers scored a run.
Shawver had a nice double down the line and scored once, while Tyler Frye scored the game winning run.
“We had runners on second and third with one out and Kyle handles the bat really well,” Perry said. “I knew that he could get the bunt down, I was just hoping that Tyler knew what to do as the runner. If he fails to get the bunt down, then Tyler is out by 10 feet and they probably carry that momentum to a victory.”
Logan Middle lost at Winfield despite its pitchers striking out 14 batters and allowing just two base hits.
Akers, Mullins and Porter surrendered only hits and fanned 14 Winfield batters but that couldn’t overcome nine walks, six LMS errors, four passed balls and two wild pitches.
“We played tonight on a turf infield that gives you true hops and is very smooth,” Perry said. “We still found a way to kick and throw the baseball around. When you walk a batter, allow a passed ball and then make a two-base error you’re not going to be successful. With our first game in 32-degree weather and the snow was blowing sideways, I can see the errors and walks because you can’t feel your fingers. But, tonight it was low 50’s and typical March baseball weather in West Virginia.”
Winfield, playing their first game of the season, scored their first four runs without making contact.
“After walks and passed balls and we were down 4-1 after two innings. I looked at Coach Adkins and I said this must be a dream,” Perry said. “A game like this you just have to pick out the positives and praise the kids for their successes and re-teach the wrong doings that we committed.”
Browning paced Logan at the plate as he was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a run knocked in.
Lawson was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Sawver was 2-for-4 as well with an RBI and a run scored.
Cody Maynard and Porter both picked up a hit and scored a run, while Maynard had an RBI.
Brown had an RBI, while Nichols, Tyler Frye, Terrance Chapman and Isaiah Beckett all contributed.
“You outhit a team 8-2 and you should win, but I guess sometimes it just doesn’t work out,” Perry said.
Logan was scheduled to travel to Point Pleasant on Thursday night, weather permitting.