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Logan Nine Earn Win Over SWIC

Freshman outfielder Joba Ferrell's double in the third inning helped lift the John A. Logan College baseball team to a 5-2 home win over Southwestern Illinois College.  The Vols took two of three games from SWIC in the weekend series. (Logan Media Services photo)

Freshman outfielder Joba Ferrell's double in the third inning helped lift the John A. Logan College baseball team to a 5-2 home win over Southwestern Illinois College. The Vols took two of three games from SWIC in the weekend series. (Logan Media Services photo)

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Freshman outfielder Joba Ferrell delivered a two-out, two-run double to break a 2-2 tie in the third inning Sunday, sparking the John A. Logan College baseball team to a 5-2 home win over Southwestern Illinois College.

With the win, the Volunteers take the rubber game of the series and improve to 11-6 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and 26-20 overall. They play a single game at 3 p.m. today at league leader, Wabash Valley College, in Mount Carmel.

The Blue Storm took a 2-0 lead through two innings off Logan sophomore starter, Eben Brooks, of Murphysboro. Ryan Simmons singled in Clayton Meyer in the first and Meyer then drove home Jonah Zink with a groundout in the second.

The Vols retaliated with four runs in the third inning. J.C. Davis led off with a double to center. Matt Woolwine, back from a balky hamstring, singled him home. Tanner Scott singled. Keelin Rasch reached on an error to load the bases. Anthony Bayus singled home a run. Two outs later, Ferrell came through to make the score 4-2.

“That was a big hit with the bases loaded,” said Vols head coach Jerry Halstead. “It changed the way the game was going for us.”

Logan tacked on an insurance tally in the eighth when Jamal Fletcher walked and came around to score on an RBI single by Scott, his third hit of the day.

Brooks retired one batter in the seventh before giving way to sophomore Anthony Spangler. Brooks allowed two runs on six hits. He struck out two and walked four in improving his spring record to 2-2. Spangler earned the save, his fourth this season. He worked 2 2/3 innings, allowed no runs on one hit, struck out three and walked one.

Scott’s three hits paced the offense. The freshman first baseman is now hitting .424 to lead the team after going 7-for-13 over the weekend.

Checking in with two hits apiece were Davis, Rasch, Bayus and Ferrell.

Halstead said he liked what he saw from his team Sunday.

“It was a good win for us. Eben (Brooks) was behind in the count the first two innings and gave up a couple of single runs, but I thought he did a good job of minimizing the damage. He kind of settled in and got us into the seventh inning before running out of gas. Considering the fact that we had been using Eben mostly as a reliever and this was only his second start, it was a very good effort and was much needed.”

Halstead said Spangler was also effective.

“He came in throwing strikes and got himself a save.”