SECTIONAL CHAMPS! Logan rallies from eight-run deficit to win title

Tucker Platt, shown playing during the 2019 sectional championship game against McCutcheon, will be one of the alumni playing at Jim Turner Field on July 26.

The Logansport baseball program is hosting an alumni game on Sunday, July 26.

There will be one nine-inning game held starting at 1 p.m. at Jim Turner Field.

No current Logansport baseball players will play in the game but the recently graduated seniors will play.

“We plan on doing a senior day prior to the game,” Logan coach Dan Frye said. “We’re hoping to get it out to the Little League and Babe Ruth and anybody who wants to come watch a ballgame.

“Right now we’ve got 32 or 34 guys who are going to play and there’s going to be others who will be at the game.”

Logansport will honor four members of the Class of 2020, Matt Foutz, CJ Hallam, Drake McLochlin and the late Auden Myers, prior to the game.

“They’re going to have an opportunity to play one more game along with the older alumni,” Frye said of the recently graduated players, who had their senior season canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re going to have a Red team and a Black team,” Frye continued. “The Lamberts are going to purchase T-shirts for us and we’re going to get after it with some umpires, Greg Dominick is going to announce, that’s where we’re at.

“The honorary coaches I’m hoping will be Jim Turner, Jim Turner, Rich Wild and Butch Jones. We’re hoping they will be honorary coaches. I anticipate them showing from what I’ve talked to them so far.”

When and if the IHSAA holds a baseball season next spring, the Berries will be a defending sectional champion. The Berries won their 29th sectional championship in 2019. Logan has won four state championships, 15 regional championships and seven semistate championships. All told, Logan has the second most successful Class 4A program in the state behind only LaPorte.

There will be four decades of Logansport baseball players playing in the alumni game going back to the 1980s. The list of players who are going to play includes Frye, Bryan Gleitz, Clayton Frye, Marcus Record, Wil Bennett, Jacob Cox, Baylee Young, Michael Miller, Dan Angle, Dennis Frye, Tanner Prentice, Matt Jones, David Wells, Tyler Ness, Derek Parkevich, Todd Stephens, Rod Hainje, Matt Harris, Tony Berkshire, Cody Graf, Tyler Gellinger, Tanner Gellinger, Riley Hershberger, Tucker Platt, Kyle Jordan, Austin Johanning, Brad Nies, Mark Lowry, Greg Korreckt, Chris Jones, Mike Farrell, Ryan Alder and Mike Atwell Jr. along with the recently graduated seniors.

Frye said he’s not sure yet how he will divvy up the teams but added the recently graduated seniors might be on separate teams for pitching purposes.

“It just depends on how many people that come that think they can still pitch. I know David Wells is supposed to come, Matt Jones, Greg Korreckt, some of those guys I think can still throw it in the strikezone. Worst-case scenario is we run out of pitching and we call it after seven innings and say game’s over, we don’t have anybody that can pitch,” he said.

“There’s only a couple of us that are old. I might find myself at first base an inning or something.”

Workouts have began for LHS athletes recently with some restrictions. Frye said he has not yet started baseball workouts.

“I could start practicing but we’re so far away until we play a ballgame, I’m going to not get in the middle of football, tennis and soccer and all that,” he said. “We will not start working out until probably the end of August when school is back in session and kids have settled down and maybe all this stuff has settled down a little bit, we will get back after it our two days a week.

“My kids have been out since March. I know there’s a few kids who have been playing some travel ball but other than that our kids haven’t done anything. I’m going to let them get started back in school, have their summer and we’ll get started. We’ll get started at the end of August as long as Indiana opens back up and we don’t have any problems as far at school as far as football and everything gets back to a little bit of normalcy, I’ll be ready to get back to the baseball field.”

A group of Logan legends will be brought together for a fun day of baseball.

“We’re going to sell some of our game hats for $25, I’m going to put out some old jerseys if they want to take a jersey and donate whatever they want to donate, that’s up to them. We’re not doing this as our money maker, we have a golf outing in August and that’s our fundraiser. It’s not about making money, it’s about celebrating the seniors and a chance to get together for the most part,” Frye said.

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