Logansport’s baseball team had dominating wins over Lafayette Jeff and Harrison to open Joe Heath Classic play and had a seventh-inning rally fall just short in a loss to McCutcheon.
The Berries had to settle for a 2-1 showing at the Classic and they are 3-1 overall entering Monday’s scheduled home opener against West Lafayette.
The Berries had rare 10-run rule wins over Lafayette Jeff and Harrison to open Classic play. They defeated Jeff 16-0 in five innings Friday night at Loeb Stadium. They defeated Harrison 11-1 in five Saturday at McCutcheon.
They were rallying in the seventh inning and had red-hot Kyle Jordan up at the plate with the bases loaded and two outs, but McCutcheon’s Myles Hann got Jordan to fly out to center to preserve the Mavericks’ 11-9 win.
“We know that’s going to happen,” Logan coach Jim Turner told WSAL of suffering a loss. “Nobody’s going to go undefeated. We could have won the ballgame. I think what we did prove over the weekend was that we’re a force to be reckoned with. It doesn’t matter who we play, we’re going to give people a lot of fits. We’re a good ballclub.”
The Berries trailed 11-5 entering the seventh but got an RBI single by Marcus Record and a three-run double by Clayton Frye to cut the lead to 11-9. Jacob Shelton was hit by a pitch and Dustin Clements singled to load the bases to bring up Jordan, who had already hit his third home run of the season earlier in the game. But he got just under one that was corralled by Logan Sowers in center.
The Berries jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on an RBI triple by Shelton who was brought home on a single by Clements.