The game was just 2-1 in favor of the Wildcats before Logan plated seven runs on six hits in the last half of the sixth inning to turn the game into a rout.
Jordan Butcher knocked in four runs in the sixth inning, including a two-run homer, which got things started. The senior first baseman came up later in the frame with the bases loaded and ripped a two-run, bases loaded single to make it a 9-1 ballgame. Just a moment before it looked as if Butcher had a shot to end the game via 10-run mercy rule as he crushed a ball on top of the LHS building for a grand slam. The ball, however, hooked foul.
Logan improved to 17-7 on the season with the win, while Man dropped to 13-12.
Todd Fleming pitched the complete game win for the Wildcats. The left-hander went seven innings and allowed just two hits and three walks while striking out seven batters.
Man used six pitchers in the loss.
Duke Vance was the starting and losing pitcher for Man. He went two innings and yielded two runs and two hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Cody Harvey then pitched three innings in relief and gave up no runs and no hits with one on and one strikeout. The Billies then used four pitchers in the sixth inning – Jordan Simpson, Travis Hurley, Evan Riggins and Steven Craddock.
Butcher went 2-for-3 with the four RBI to lead Logan.
David Brown was 1-for-3. Josh Wilson was 1-for-2 with one RBI. Timmy Rein was 1-for-3 with an RBI. Clint Hale went 1-for-2 with one RBI.
Simpson was 1-for-2 with one RBI. Riggins was 1-for-2 at the plate.
The game was originally scheduled to be played on Friday but was moved up a day. Man was set to travel to Scott on Thursday but wet field conditions at Madison due to the recent rain cancelled the contest. Logan was off on Thursday, so the Billies and the Wildcats hooked up instead.
Logan lost at Man, 6-4, earlier in the season.
The Wildcats are scheduled to finish off the regular season on Saturday at home against 3A defending state champion Nitro. Game time is set for 1 p.m. at Roger Gertz Field. Logan then opens play in the Class AAA sectional tourney on Monday night at home against South Charleston.
The game completes the regular season for Man. The Billies battle with Gilbert next week in a two-team sectional. Man is set to host the Lions on Monday at 6 p.m. in a first game of a best-of-three series.
Van is no longer in Man’s section for baseball. The Bulldogs have been placed in a new Class A sectional with Charleston Catholic.