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Vols Split Pair with Three Rivers

JALC sophomore pitcher Austin Denault is shown here in action Tuesday afternoon at Rent One Park in Marion. (Photo courtesy Jonathan LeBlond)

JALC sophomore pitcher Austin Denault is shown here in action Tuesday afternoon at Rent One Park in Marion. (Photo courtesy Jonathan LeBlond)

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

MARION – Anthony Bayus scored from third base on a wild pitch as the John A. Logan College baseball team defeated Three Rivers Community College of Poplar Bluff, Mo., 2-1, in extra innings of the second game of a doubleheader, earning a split at Rent One Park in Marion.

The Volunteers, now 12-13 overall, took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning when Zac Mishler singled, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Bayus and scored on an RBI single by Derek Repking.

The Raiders tied the game in the top of the seventh off closer Jay Williams, who surrendered a two-out, two-strike double to pinch hitter, Zach McKenney, who drove in Donnie Mitchell from first base.

It was only the second outing of the spring for Williams. The blown save meant no win for freshman righthander Tyler McGowan, who tossed six shutout innings, allowing only two hits. The Harrisburg native struck out seven and walked three.

Sophomore Anthony Spangler relieved Williams and retired four of the five batters he faced to get the win.

Logan dropped the opener, 5-1.

Vols’ freshman catcher and designated hitter Tanner Scott cuts loose with a swing in game action Tuesday against Three Rivers Community College. Scott banged out two hits. (Photo courtesy Jonathan LeBlond)

Vols’ freshman catcher and designated hitter Tanner Scott cuts loose with a swing in game action Tuesday against Three Rivers Community College. Scott banged out two hits. (Photo courtesy Jonathan LeBlond)

Sophomore southpaw Austin Denault was the starter and losing pitcher for the Vols. He allowed four runs in four innings. Another sophomore, Eben Brooks, hurled the final three frames, allowing one run.

The Vols were unable to muster any offense against Raiders starter Quinton Stevens. Logan managed only five hits. The one run crossed the plate in the sixth inning when Bayus singled and came around to score on an error by the catcher.

Vols head coach Jerry Halstead was disappointed with his team’s performance, given that Three Rivers had lost 10 consecutive games coming into the day.

“I’ve never had a club that comes out through the week and has a breakdown in every facet of the game,” he said. “And then we turn it up a notch on the weekend with the conference games. We just cannot seem to get everybody to show up on the same day, the same page, and get after it. It’s really been a perplexing group (to coach).”

Halstead did have praise for the work done on the mound by McGowan.

“His last two outings have been very good. His command of three pitches has gotten better and he has some arm strength, getting it up there to the plate consistently at 87- to 88 miles-per-hour. Tyler’s really setting himself up to have a good career here at Logan and beyond.”

The Vols are scheduled to play host to Shawnee at 3 p.m. Friday and then travel to Ullin to take on Shawnee for a noon doubleheader. All are non-conference games.