Logan wrapped up a berth in next week’s state tourney at Charleston’s Appalachian Power Park after the Wildcats shut out Nicholas County, 10-0, in five innings on Wednesday night in the Class AAA Region 3 championship game at the Nicholas County High School baseball field at Summersville.
Logan improved to 25-8 on the season with the win. The Wildcats won the Class AA state title last season with wins over Lincoln (10-3) and Point Pleasant (13-3) but are competing at the Triple-A level this spring for the first time since 2002.
The Wildcats captured 3A state titles in 2000 and 2001 and were the Triple-A runner-up in ‘02. Logan also won the Class AA state crown in 2005.
Logan is scheduled to open the state tourney next Thursday at 4:30 p.m. against the Region 2 champion at “The App.” A win there would move Logan into the Triple-A state finals, which are set to be played on Saturday, June 6 at 11 a.m.
Todd Fleming helped lead Logan to the win last night over the Grizzlies.
Fleming, a left-hander, walked seven batters but still managed to pitch the win in the five-inning shutout. He had a 0.90 ERA heading into the game and improved his record to 6-1 on the season. Fleming went four innings and was relieved by Ronnie Abbott, who closed it out in the fifth.
“I just struggled out there and couldn’t find the strike zone,” Fleming told the Beckley Register Herald. “I beared down when I had to, I guess.”
Logan coach Roger Gertz told the Beckley paper about Fleming, “He’s got the little man’s syndrome. He gets out there and he thinks he’s got to try to throw 90 (miles per hour), and that’s not his game. When he throws within himself, his velocity is plenty good and he’s hitting his spots, he’s just so much more effective.”
Logan outhit the Grizzlies 9-2 and took advantage of four Nicholas County errors.
The Cats plated one run in the first, second and third innings, six in the fourth and one in the fifth.
Ross Easterling was 2-for-4 with an RBI for Logan. Jordan Butcher was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, while Fleming helped his own cause as he was 2-for-3 at the plate.
Timmy Rein was 2-for-3 as well with one RBI.
Nicholas County dropped to 22-4 on the season with the loss.
– Look for more on the Logan High School baseball team’s run to the state tournament next week in the Logan Banner sports.