Logansport’s much anticipated baseball season opener went according to plan for the most part Wednesday at Twin Lakes.
The Berries, who started nine seniors in the game, were in command most of the way in an 11-5 win over the Indians.
The Berries outhit the Indians 11-4 for the contest and belted out five doubles. Marcus Record’s three-run home run in the seventh put an exclamation point on the victory.
“We played well, we’ve just got to pick it up for Friday,” Record said.
Logan coach Jim Turner planned on using three pitchers going in and it materialized on the field.
Clayton Frye (1-0) got the start and allowed one run (none earned) on two hits in three innings of work. The senior left-hander struck out four batters in the second inning alone and finished with seven strikeouts, all in the first two innings. When he exited the Berries led 8-1.
“I thought Clayton threw the ball hard,” Turner said.
The Berry trio of pitchers, Frye, Dustin Clements and Kyle Jordan, combined for 12 punchouts in the contest.
Clements struggled with his control a bit, walking a batter and hitting two with 0-2 curveballs. Cody Novaski took a good 1-2 slider to the opposite field for an RBI double in the fourth inning. Evan Luzadder followed with a two-run single to cut the Berry lead to 8-4.
“We weren’t sharp with our control. It just shows we’re not quite yet ready,” Turner said. “You hope for better but that’s probably what you’re going to get. You just need more games.”
The Indians added an unearned run in the fifth. First baseman Frye made a diving catch on a bunt attempt but threw to first on his back and the throw rolled down the right-field line allowing a run to score to make it 8-5.