St. Albans surprised the Logan High School baseball team on Saturday afternoon with a 4-3 victory in nine innings in the first game of the Class AAA Region 4 Section 2 tournament at St. Albans.
The loss put Logan (21-9) in a must-win situation on Monday night as the Wildcats were scheduled to host Nitro (21-7) in Game 2.
Since the tournament is double-elimination, Logan needed a win on Monday in order to survive.
Game 3 is set for Tuesday as Nitro is scheduled to host St. Albans at 6:30 p.m.
The two remaining teams are then slated to play each other on Wednesday night in the fourth game.
St. Albans (11-11) avenged two losses to Logan during the regular season. Logan had beaten the Red Dragons 3-1 at home and 11-5 at St. Albans in the Ed Carter Tournament.
Logan is the defending sectional champs.
In Saturday’s game, the Red Dragons’ Chase Bishop connected for a two-out single to drive in Mitchel Laton in the bottom of the ninth for the game winner.
St. Albans was led by pitcher Joseph Call, who struck out 12 and walked four in nine innings of work. He also saved the day for the Red Dragons with a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings.
Josh Burks went 3-for-3 with a double and Andrew Matthews belted a two-run homer for St. Albans.
Logan scored two runs in the top of the fourth to take a 2-0 lead. St. Albans tied it with a two-spot in the bottom half of the frame.
Logan went ahead 3-2 with a run in the top of the seventh before Call’s RBI single in the last half of the seventh tied it up again.
St. Albans outhit the Cats 9-6. Both teams committed an error.
Chase Preston started for Logan on the hill. He was relieved by Tim Saunders in the third and Z. Minnick in the seventh. Minnick was tagged with the loss.
Kyle Harvey and Zach Hanlon both doubled for Logan. Harvey ended up 2-for-4 at the plate. Hanlon also knocked in a run.
Chase Burnette was 1-for-3 with an RBI. Minnick and Jared Shawver added singles.
The Logan High School baseball team stayed alive in the Class AAA double-elimination sectional tourney with Monday night’s 2-0 win over Nitro at Logan’s Roger E. Gertz Field.
Logan (22-9) is scheduled to host St. Albans on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Game 3 of the sectionals in a rematch of the first game. Game 2 is set for Tuesday night as St. Albans (11-11 overall and 1-0 in section play) is set to travel to Nitro. A loss to the Red Dragons on Tuesday and Nitro is eliminated.
Logan is 1-1 in sectional play while Nitro dropped to 0-1. Nitro is 21-8 on the season.
LHS was led by senior right-hander Troy Burgess, who had command of his pitches and of the Nitro Wildcats as he picked up the win on the mound. He went six innings and allowed no runs on three hits with seven strikeouts and one walk.
With two runners on and no outs in the top of the seventh inning, Logan coach Roger Gertz turned to his bullpen with junior Z. Minnick. The flame-throwing right-hander got three straight outs — including the last two on strikeouts — to put out the fire and preserve the game with the save.
Logan scored its only two runs in the bottom of the third. Chase Preston doubled off the left field wall and scored on Trace Butcher’s RBI single to center. The Cats then made it 2-0 as Chase Burnette had an RBI single to left two batters later.
Tyler Barton suffered the loss for Nitro. He went six innings and yielded two runs and three hits with five strikeouts, one walk and one hit batter.
All of Logan’s hits came in the second.
Beyond the second inning, the Cats had just one base runner — when Alex Toler was hit by a pitch in the fourth. Barton retired 12 out of the last 13 men he faced.
Region 4 Section 2
Thursday: Logan at St. Albans, ppd.
Friday: Logan at St. Albans, ppd.
Saturday: St. Albans 4, Logan 3, 9 innings
Monday: Logan 2, Nitro 0
Tuesday: St Albans at Nitro, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday: St. Albans at Logan, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday: Finals, TBA