After an impressive 9-2 win Wednesday night in their opener of the Logansport 10-year-old state tournament, the local kids found themselves on the other end Friday with a tough 16-1 loss South Bend Eastside.
The local 10-year-old boys of summer were then eliminated Saturday from the Cal Ripken state tournament when they fell to Russiaville 14-8.
Logan’s talented starting pitcher, Michael Meadows, shut down all nine LaPorte batters he faced on Wednesday, all by strikeout. But neither he or his team had the same fortune against the squad from South Bend Friday.
“We started with Micheal again on the mound trying to once again set the tone for the game,” Logan skipper Matt Gaumer said. “Unfortunately, we did, just not the way we wanted to. The tone was set when our first three batters grounded out. We just couldn’t ever get anything going after that.”
What added to the Logansport woes was Eastside getting off to a big start in the top half of the first inning. The visiting team plated four runs on three hits before Logan went on the offensive.
Eastside then added four more runs to the scoreboard in the second inning before quietly sitting Logan down. At the end of two complete Eastside stood on top 8-0.
Things went way south in the third when the locals gave up another five runs making it 13-0 before they came to bat in the bottom half of the inning. Kolton Barber reached on a walk and would eventually come around to score. Unknown at the time, Barber would be the only Logan player to reach third base in the game. At the end of three it was Eastside up big 13-1.
The Eastside offense again did its job in the top of the fourth pushing the score to 16-1 before shutting Logansport down in the bottom of the inning to end the game.