The Logansport Berries were a solid, balanced baseball team this spring.
In a sign of strength, the Berries (20-10) scored 8.3 runs per game, doubling up their opponents in runs scored for the season. They hit .345 as a group and had a team on-base percentage of .482.
“We had to have scored close to as many as any team we’ve had, at least in runs per game,” said Logan coach Jim Turner, who guides one of the most tradition-rich programs in the state. “Runs per game would be hard to beat.”
With a talented senior-led group, it is difficult to select the top performer of the team, let alone the entire area.
The Logansport players voted Dustin Clements and Kyle Jordan as the team MVPs, and the duo are the Pharos-Tribune’s 2014 Loganland Co-Players of the Year.
“We have a lot of players that could have been MVP on such a solid team,” Clements said.
Turner said what separated Clements and Jordan were they were two of the top pitchers while also playing solid defense at shortstop on top of putting up big numbers offensively.
Clements showed power to all fields this season. He batted .396 with a team-high 14 doubles and 32 RBIs in 30 games played. His on-base percentage was .517.
He was also the closer on the squad. Being on such a high-scoring team, he did not pitch in many save situations thus he was more of a stopper. He did get the save in the 5-2 sectional win over Harrison. He also pitched nine straight scoreless innings of relief against Huntington North before allowing two runs in his 10th inning of work in a 5-3 loss in 17 innings. He had a two-inning save in Jordan’s win at Penn. He had the game-winning two-run double in that game.