July 19, 2013

Logan 10s shut down LaPorte at state


---- — Logan 10s shut down LaPorte at state

The Logansport 10 year old Cal Ripken Northern State Tournament got underway Wednesday night at Fairview Park. The host team from Logansport played the late game against the LaPorte All-Stars and thanks to a combined one-hitter by four Logansport pitchers the locals came away with a 9-2 win.

Michael Meadows got the start on the bump for Logan and totally owned LaPorte through the three innings he pitched. The result, nine batters faced, nine batters go down on strikeouts.

“We wanted to come out with Michael and set the tone early and I think we did that,” said Logan manager Matt Gaumer. “It also helped that we were hitting the ball and getting kids on base, too.”

Logan got on the board early in the first when Malachi Pearson singled to start the game. He eventually scored with two outs on a base hit from Eli Starkey for the early 1-0 lead.

The local squad then plated three more runs in the third inning to go up 4-0 on the LaPorte squad. Logan then pushed another run across in the top of the fourth to make it a 5-0 game. LaPorte then got its only hit of the game in the bottom half of the inning and a pair of walks and a hit batter allowed two runs to cross the plate making it 5-2 after four innings of play.

Logansport then scored two runs in each of the final two innings to make it the 9-2 final.

Leading the way for Logansport on the night was Pearson with a pair of base hits and three runs scored. Kian Harris, Ethan Denny, Starkey, Meadows and Kolton Barber each had a base hit for Logansport. Nick LeDonne and Hunter Hewitt each hit a double in the attack. Evan Vizcarra also scored a run in the win.

With the victory, Logan will again play tonight at Crain Field.

- Rick Conrad

Post 60 gears up for sectional play

Logansport Post 60 will compete at the Lafayette Sectional at Loeb Stadium this weekend.

Logansport (13-9) plays Crawfordsville Post 72 at 4 p.m. today.

The winner plays at noon Saturday, and the loser plays at 3 p.m. Saturday. Lafayette Post 11 and Remington Post 280 are the other two teams in the field. The finals of the double-elimination tournament begin at noon on Sunday.

Logan coach Tyler Gellinger said he hopes his team isn’t effected by rust, as its played just one game this month. But the squad is finally healthy, as Austin Clem and Dustin Clements are set to return from injuries. The squad will be without Xavier Luna, though, as he will be competing for Hoosier North which recently advanced to the Colt World Series.

All-Star football game is tonight

Winamac coach Tim Roth will lead the North team as the head coach of tonight’s North-South All-Star Football Classic.

The annual gridiron matchup features the best players in the state. It gets underway at 7 p.m. tonight at North Central High School in Indianapolis.

Winamac will also have a player in the game in Zach Shidler, who will play at wide receiver for the All-Stars. He will be joined on the North team by Pioneer’s Josh Lytle, a 6-foot-4, 280-pound offensive lineman.

Shidler and Lytle are the 11th and 10th players selected to represent their schools at the game, respectively.