Logan's Garrett Williamson delivers a pitch to a Tug Valley hitter in the Wildcats 14-0 win over the Panthers Thursday evening at Panther Park (Photo by Boothe Davis/Captured by the Moment Photography).
Bill Lusk | WVOW Sports
LOGAN The two-time Class AA state champion Logan Wildcats have picked up right where they off last season when they captured their second consecutive Class AA crown.
The Wildcats, who have won their last eight games and 20 of their last 22, improved to 4-0 on the year with a pair of wins over Tug Valley 14-0 on Thursday evening at Panther Park and 4-1 over Robert C. Byrd Saturday evening in the Big 10-Cardinal Conference Challenge at Roger E. Gertz Field.
Logan 4, Robert C. Byrd 1: Konner Lowe and Dawson Maynard combined on a one-hitter as Logan defeated Robert C. Byrd in the Big 10-Cardinal Conference Challenge at Roger E, Gertz Field Saturday evening.
Maynard allowed one hit in five innings of relief to earn the win. He allowed one run, struck out four, walked one and hit three. Lowe started on the mound for the Wildcats and struck out one and walked one in his two innings of work.
Robert C. Byrd’s Nick George was just as impressive for the Eagles in his five innings on the hill. George allowed just one hit, struck out eight, walked one, hit two and allowed two unearned runs in defeat.
Maynard started the scoring for the Wildcats in the first inning when he reached base safely on a dropped third strike, stole second and came around to score on Jake Ramey’s RBI single for a 1-0 lead after one.
Logan added a second unearned run in the second inning when Jarron Glick scored on a throwing error giving the Wildcats a 2-0 lead after two.
Maynard relieved Lowe in the third inning and struggled with command issues hitting the first two batters he faced in the Eagles lineup. Bryce Byrd singled to right field scoring Dior Cooper with the first run of the game for RCB as the Eagles trailed 2-1.
On the play, John Dobbins was thrown out at third base as Byrd took second base on the play. Maynard picked Byrd off at second base for the second out. Maynard walked Brayden Thomason but got Rylan Rock to ground out to third to end the inning.
Logan tacked on a third unearned run in the fifth inning when Aiden Slack scored on a throwing error to give the Wildcats a 3-1 lead after five complete.
McCormick Ilderton finished off the Wildcat scoring in the sixth inning when he stole home after being caught in a rundown following an unsuccessful squeeze bunt with Ryan Roberts at the plate.
Logan had just three hits in the contest as Drew Berry, Ramey and Roberts each had one hit. Ramey drove in a run while Ilderton, who was used a courtesy runner and pinch runner, stole three bases and scored one run. Slack scored once and stole two bags and Jarron Glick scored one run and stole a base for Logan.
Maynard and Roberts also stole a base as the Wildcats stole eight bases.
Logan 14, Tug Valley 0 (Five Innings): Three pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout as Logan mercy ruled Tug Valley in five innings Thursday evening.
Garrett Williamson got the win after allowing one hit, striking out five and walking only one in two innings for Logan (3-0). Ivan Miller pitched an inning of relief and allowed just one hit, striking out three and walking one while Aiden Slack finished off the combined shutout by tossing a perfect inning of relief with two strikeouts.
At the plate, Konner Lowe was 2 for 3 with a home run, two runs scored and five RBI and Dawson Maynard went 3 for 3 with a triple, four runs and four RBI to lead Logan.
Jake Ramey had one hit and two RBI while Ryan Roberts and Williamson each one hit and drove in a run. Slack had two hits and scored four runs and Adam Baisden and Blankenship each had one hit for the Wildcats.
Logan got all the runs it would it need in the first inning when they crossed the plate four times. The Wildcats didn’t stop there and crossed the plated six times in the second and two more times in the third and fourth innings.
Conner Lackey suffered the loss for Tug Valley after allowing 10 runs – eight earned – on seven hits in two innings. Lackey struck out four, walked three and hit three batters.
Julian Vance singled and doubled for Tug Valley (0-4).