The No. 2-ranked Wildcats (28-5) and the Pioneers met Tuesday night in the Class AA regional semifinals at Wayne High School’s Pioneer Field.
Logan is fresh off last week’s Class AA sectional championship at Chapmanville.
After beating Scott 8-2 in its first sectional game, Logan lost 11-2 to the Tigers and were facing elimination. However, Logan came back to beat Chapmanville 10-1 and 7-4 to take the title.
Logan, which has won five straight Class AA sectional championships and eight straight overall dating back to its Triple-A days, has a shot to move into the regional finals with a win over Wayne.
Game time is set for 6:30 p.m. tonight at Wayne.
A Logan win would mean the Wildcats would come back home to face the winner of the Herbert Hoover/Poca victor in the Class AA regional championship game, which is scheduled for Thursday at Logan’s Roger E. Gertz Field.
Logan was perfect this season against the Pioneers, winning all three matchups.
The Cats won 2-1 early in the season on the road, won 9-3 in the championship game of the McDonald’s Classic at Logan and also prevailed 2-1 at home late in the season.
“Wayne is a good team,” Logan coach Roger Gertz said in an earlier interview. “We’ve beaten them three times but that’s got to be blocked out of our mind. Both of us are 0-0 right now. That’s one way that we’ve got to look at it.”
Last year, Logan was upset by Magnolia in the state quarterfinals at Charleston’s Appalachian Power Park.
The Wildcats would like to have a shot at returning to state.
In 2005, Logan won the Class AA state championship at “The App,” the first season the state tourney was held at the new home of the minor league West Virginia Power.
“Last year we felt like we had the best team in the state,” Gertz said. “I honestly felt like we had the best team out of any of the teams over there but we just didn’t play well against Magnolia. Maybe these kids did this for those seniors. They should have had one last year.”
This will be the fifth year in a row the Wildcats have played the Pioneers in the same Class AA regional semifinal game.
Logan has won them all against Wayne in the post-season.
Last year, the Wildcats won 10-0 over Wayne in the regional semifinals at home.
In 2005, Logan won 9-2 over the Pioneers at Wayne.
In 2004, the Cats took a 7-3 decision over homestanding Wayne in the semifinals.
Back in 2003, Logan won 8-1 over Wayne.
Before Logan joined the Double-A ranks, Wayne knocked off Casey Bowling and the Chapmanville Tigers 2-1 in 10 innings in the Class AA regional semifinals at Wayne.