May 16, 2014

Friday roundup: HN shuts out Logan baseball; Pioneer softball rolls

From Staff Reports

— Logansport’s baseball team continued its offensive struggles against Huntington North on Friday in a 2-0 loss in Huntington.

The first-place Vikings improved to 16-4 and 5-1 in the North Central Conference. The Berries dropped to 14-8 and 2-5.

Much like the 17-inning contest the night before, the pitching once again dominated for the most part.

Clayton Frye allowed just two first-inning runs but had to take the loss. He had a balk in the inning and Mitch Hughes and Walker Spahr followed with two-out RBI base hits that made up the difference of the game.

Frye allowed the two runs on six hits and one walk in a complete-game effort, striking out four.

Kory Goodrich, who pitched two shutout innings in Thursday’s marathon game, followed that up with seven more shutout innings Friday. He held the Berries to just three hits and one walk while striking out seven.

Marcus Record went 2-for-3 to lead Logan at the plate. Kyle Jordan added a base hit.

The Berries’ best chance came in the sixth when Record singled, Frye drew a walk and both players moved up a base with two outs. But Goodrich recorded a strikeout to end the threat.

The Berries were one of the highest scoring teams in the state through the first half of the season but slumped in the two losses against the Vikings.

“I just think our kids are tired. They’re mentally tired,” Logan coach Jim Turner said. “We’re in one of those lulls that seems to come at an inopportune time every year for us.

“It’s a group that’s so intense. If we’re going to meet for a half hour they’ll go for two hours. They overdo everything. You reach a point where you press so hard, you try so hard.  ... I think they could use a couple days off.”

The Berries again didn’t have much luck against the Vikings. They challenged the defense and the Vikings made the plays. In particular, shortstop Derek Snyder’s defense impressed.

“Six of the first nine outs were to him. Their shortstop wore us out. He was really good,” Turner said. “Both days were good baseball games. When you play teams that are good a lot of times it comes down to a timely hit here or there.”

The good news for the Berries is that their pitching seems to be coming around down the stretch of the season.

“Clayton pitched a really good ballgame. He only threw 60 pitches,” Turner said.

Frye tried to pick off Devon Goelz after a one-out single in the first but balked. “He started to lean to throw home and saw the guy take off late,” Turner said.

The Berries travel to Marion on Tuesday.


Pioneer 14, Culver Academy 0, 5 innings

The Panthers’ Katie Bingaman pitched a one-hit shutout. Bingaman allowed no runs on one hit and two walks, while striking out eight in five innings.

Sadie Layman led Pioneer (16-7) with a triple, double and four RBIs. Riley Morris added two doubles. Katie Bingaman came up with a single, double and two RBIs. Kennedy Nies hit a single and double. Emily Powell also had a single. Kayte Miller had two sacrifice flies that brought in three RBIs, and Megan Smith and April Wheeldon each scored three runs.

“We got a good pitching performance, and we hit the ball well,” Pioneer coach John Bingaman said.