Two errors by the Logan High School baseball team led to a 1-0 hole after a half inning in Monday night’s home game with Scott at Logan’s Roger Gertz Field.
The Wildcats certainly didn’t panic as Class AAA No. 9 Logan roared back to mercy the Skyhawks 14-4 in five innings.
Logan, after a 2-3 showing last week over Spring Break in the Mingo Bay Classic at Myrtle Beach, S.C., improved to 9-5 on the season with the win.
Trace Butcher led Logan’s 13-hit attack as he was 3-for-3 with a pair of triples and two RBI.
Kyle Harvey, Logan’s centerfielder and No. 9 hole hitter, also tripled and drove in a pair of runs.
Josh Rein and Zach Hanlon were each 2-for-2 at the plate for the Cats.
Z. Minnick and Chase Preston had two RBI each for the Wildcats.
Brandon Lafauci and Austin Wheatley each had two hits for Scott (6-12).
Preston was the starting and winning pitcher for Logan. He was relieved by Will Akers in the fifth. Garrett Castle was the starting and losing pitcher for Scott.
Scott went up 1-0 in the top of the first inning as Lafauci led off with a single and took second on an errant pickoff move to first by Preston. Andrew Prince had a bunt single and Lafauci later scored on Dylyn Brown’s sacrifice fly to right field.
Logan tied it 1-1 in the bottom of the first as Butcher tripled and scored on Minnick’s sac fly to center.
The Wildcats then sent 10 batters to the plate in the bottom of the second and scored six times to take a 7-1 lead.
Rein led off with a bunt single, Hanlon was hit by a pitch and Rein then scored on an RBI double by Jared Shawver to make it 2-1 Logan.
Harvey then stepped up and laced a two-run triple to right to up the lead to 4-1.
Still with nobody out, Preston came up with an RBI single to the opposite field in right as Logan made it 5-1.
Next up was Butcher. He also went to right with an RBI triple to make it a 6-1 ballgame.
Then with a runner on third, Minnick delivered his second sac fly of the game — this one to right field — as Logan increased the lead to 7-1.
With two outs, Chase Burnette singled but was stranded there as Scott finally got out of the inning.
The damage was done, however, and Logan continued the onslaught in the third with six more runs as the lead moved to 13-2 after three.
Scott tallied one run in the fourth and one more in the fifth. Logan plated its last run in the bottom of the fifth to end the game early due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Scott was outhit 13-7 by Logan. The Wildcats had four errors in the game to one for the Skyhawks.
Logan was scheduled to return to action with Tuesday night’s home game against Class A county rival Man.
The Wildcats are then at regional rival and Class AAA No. 3 Cabell Midland (9-6) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. before playing at No. 5 George Washington (9-6) on Friday at 1 p.m. The Wildcats then play Winfield on Friday at 4 p.m., also at GW.
On Saturday, Logan takes part in the Ed Carter Tournament at St. Albans.
Logan then plays host to Huntington on April 28 before hosting Ripley on April 30.
* Logan shut out Man 10-0 on Tuesday night at Logan’s Roger E. Gertz Field. Chase Burnette tossed a one-hitter for the Wildcats.
Trace Butcher and Josh Rein had three hits apiece for Logan.
The game was stopped after five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Logan all-state junior catcher Z. Minnick left the game in the third inning after he appeared to pull a muscle while running the bases. His status is unknown.
Look for more details in Thursday’s Logan Banner Sports and on the web at: www.loganbanner.com.
West Virginia State
Charleston Daily Mail state high school baseball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses:
Pos—Team Rec Pts Prv
1. Nitro (3) 13-3 45 3
2. Hurricane 10-3 43 1
3. Cabell Midland (1) 9-6 41 2
4. Hedgesville 11-7 34 4
5. George Washington 9-6 23 5
6. (tie) Jefferson (1) 11-3 19 10
6. (tie) Hampshire 9-4 19 t6
8. Woodrow Wilson 9-3 18 t6
9. Logan 9-5 13 8
10. Huntington 10-5 9 10
Others: Wheeling Park 7, Washington 1, Musselman 1, Morgantown 1
Pos—Team Rec Pts Prv
1. Herbert Hoover (5) 14-2 59 1
2. Independence 8-2 48 2
3. Fairmont Senior 10-1 46 3
4. Bridgeport (1) 9-2 44 6
5. Chapmanville 16-3 38 4
6. Wyoming East 10-2 33 5
7. PikeView 12-6 14 9
8. Ravenswood 13-5 12 —
9. Sissonville 10-5 11 7
10. East Fairmont 10-3 10 —
Others: Wayne 6, Petersburg 5, River View 2, Frankfort 2
Pos—Team Rec Pts Prv
1. Madonna (2) 12-2 47 3
2. Notre Dame (2) 7-4 46 1
3. St. Marys (1) 12-0 40 4
4. (tie) Valley Fayette 7-5 30 2
4. (tie) Charleston Catholic 10-5 30 6
6. Magnolia 7-2 25 7
7. Man 10-4 17 10
8. Parkersburg Catholic 8-8 15 5
9. Gilmer County 14-2 14 8
10. Pendleton County 13-5 6 NR
Others: Moorefield 2, Fayetteville 1, Greenbrier West 1, Wahama 1