By Jerry Fekete Banner Correspondent
April 9, 2014
MAN — The Logan High School softball team keeps rolling along.
The Lady Cats improved to 9-0 on the season with Monday night’s 2-0 shutout win at county rival Man.
Man, which had lost by the same 2-0 score last Saturday to Poca in Chapmanville’s Lady Tigers Invitational, dropped to 5-4.
Logan’s Aarron Ward hurled a two-hit shutout, going the distance while Sam Curry and Hana Sedlock had two hits each to lead the Lady Cats attack.
The game, which was scoreless after three innings, was a pitching duel between Ward and Man’s Madison Keffer.
In the top of the fourth, Logan got on the scoreboard as Ward helped her own cause with a leadoff double and scored on an RBI single by Curry to center field to make it 1-0 LHS.
Man threated to tie the game up in the home half of the fifth inning off Ward. Freshman Hunter Harvey reached on a walk and Casey Albright laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Harvey to second and in scoring position. Emily Toler grounded out for the second out as Harvey went to third base. But Ward got Hannah Harvey to ground out to kill the rally.
Logan’s Ward and Curry flew out to start the sixth inning before Sedlock ripped a single. She was stranded there, however, as Keffer got Shelby Hale to ground out to end the inning.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Lady Billies got a runner on as senior captain Cari Blair singled with two outs. Keffer then popped up to end the frame.
Logan got an insurance run in the top of the seventh inning off Keffer as Steph Curry reached on a error, moved to second on a wild pitch and then took third after a sac bunt by Ashton Spry. Curry then scored on a fielder’s choice play off the bat of Summer Collins. Hannah Kolovich grounded out to end the inning.
In the bottom of the seventh, Ward retired Man in order to preserve the shutout win.
“We didn’t hit the ball as good as we have been, but Man had good pitching,” Logan coach Randy Robinette said. “We played good defense and got the hit when we needed it. It was a typical Logan County rival game and it was a good game to watch.”
The Lady Cats had six hits in the game. Sam Curry was 2-for-3 while Sedlock went 2-for-2. Ward added a single and Collins a double.
Blair and Keffer had one single each for the Lady Billies.
Man had two errors in the game. Logan had one.
Man is scheduled to return to action on Wednesday at home against Charleston Catholic at 5:30 p.m. The Lady Billies then host Sherman on Thursday at 5:30 before going to Van on Saturday at 4.
Next week over Spring Break, Man goes to Westside on April 15 and then hosts Wyoming East on April 16 before playing in the Best of the Best tournament April 17-19 at Buffalo.
LHS was slated to travel to Sherman on Tuesday night. On Wednesday, Wyoming East comes to town for a 5:30 p.m. contest at Logan. Then on Thursday, LHS hosts Winfield before going to Point Pleasant on Friday.
Next week, Logan hosts Nitro on April 16 and then goes to Buffalo for the Best of the Best.