Apr. 8—The Logansport baseball team was hoping to complete a series sweep of Lafayette Jeff at the newly renovated Loeb Stadium on Wednesday.
But the Bronchos and junior pitcher Owen Linder had other ideas.
Linder had a complete-game effort to lift the Bronchos to an 8-2 win over the Berries and salvage a split.
Linder allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits and three walks, striking out six for the Bronchos (3-2, 1-1 NCC West).
Mike Meadows went 2-for-3 with two doubles and a run scored to lead the Berries (2-2, 1-1) at the plate. John Scott had a single and RBI. Ethan Denny, Garrett Barron and Jeremiah Miller each added a hit. Kaiden Lucero added a run scored.
Calryan Parmeter was one of the heroes in Tuesday's 8-7 win over the Bronchos. He drew the start on the mound Wednesday. It was a 1-1 game in the third when a couple two-out walks came back to bite him as the Bronchos strung together three straight hits to take a 5-1 lead. They added two more in the fourth on a two-run shot by Caleb Koeppen.
Eli Starkey relieved for the Berries and allowed one run (none earned) on two hits in two innings with one strikeout. Barron added a hitless inning of relief with one strikeout.
In his postgame comments to WSAL, Logan coach Dan Frye tipped his cap to Linder.
"He threw a good game. He kept us off balance. He has a nice fastball, nice curveball. He was moving the ball in and out," Frye said. "Sometimes the pitcher is going to get us, that's how it goes sometimes. Their energy level was up, ours was down a little bit. We just never got anything mounted. Michael hit two doubles, the second one I actually thought was out of the ballpark. The good thing is he's starting to swing the bat a little bit, got a couple doubles.
"Eli on the pitcher's mound I thought he threw really well. We got Garrett back on the pitcher's mound and we wanted him to get some things ironed out and I thought he threw the ball very well as well. Cal probably got a little tired there late. I was trying to watch the pitch count and I wanted him to get through another inning and we got into a couple of walks and a couple of base hits. That's the way it goes sometimes.
"But we're not going to say we're young for very long. I like what we have to offer at the plate. We're going to get better defensively still. The kids are still starting to figure some things out. We get the pitching like that and we should win some ballgames."
Logan hosts Twin Lakes on Saturday.
NORTHWESTERN 15, CASS 2
Cass dropped its season opener at Northwestern.
Rylee Holt went 2-for-3 with a double, RBI and run scored for the Lady Kings. Kaylie Williams drew three walks and scored a run.
Cass hosts Northwestern today.