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April 30, 2014

Berries hold off Zebras for 7th win in a row

ROCHESTER — With winds up to 30 mph blowing in, Logansport’s baseball team held on.

The Berries overcame the conditions and the Rochester Zebras for a 7-5 win Tuesday.

“I thought we got away with one,” Logan coach Jim Turner said. “We didn’t play our best game. We weren’t on it like we have been. Too many walks and too many pop-ups.”

The Berries still managed to improve to 11-2 and win their seventh game in a row.

The high winds seemed to throw off both pitchers early. The Berries took advantage of four walks to score five runs in the top of the first.

Jacob Shelton drew a bases-loaded walk and Dustin Clements had a two-run single. Xavier Luna added an RBI fielder’s choice and another run scored on a throwing error on the play.

But the Berries gave three runs right back in the second. Starting pitcher Clayton Frye walked the bases loaded. With two outs he got a routine grounder to short but the throw got away into right field allowing three runs to score to make it 5-3.

Turner said the throw was a little off and there appeared to be some miscommunication between his two middle infielders on the play.

Frye (3-1) allowed three runs (none earned) on four hits in five innings, striking out four. The senior left-hander walked five, but none after the first two innings.

He said the wind was not a factor on the mound.

“I struggled with command early,” he said. “I just tried to throw strikes at the end and get us back to the dugout to try to score some runs.”

The Berries scored twice more in the fifth to take a 7-2 lead. Clements had an RBI double and Travis Palmer followed with an RBI single.

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