What a season for the Logan CountyHigh School baseball team! 29 wins, 13 shutouts, and a district championship. The win total is the highest ever at Logan County. The Cougars only allowed 97 runs by opposing teams in 2016. That stat is the best in Region 4. Coach Ethan Meguiar led his squad all the way to the semi-finals of the 4th region tournament. It would be powerhouse Bowling Green who would end the amazing run by Logan County.
Tournament action got under way on Monday at WKU. The Cougars drew Glasgow for game one. The Scotties were a familiar opponent for Logan County. This was the third meeting between the two teams this year. Glasgow won the first match 5-4. Logan County won the next, 3-2. Monday’s game would be all LC. For the 13th time this season, the Cougars held an opponent scoreless. The final was 6-0.
Austin Rayno led off the offense in the bottom of the 1st with a single. Jackson Campbell knocked in the first run of the game with a single to right field. The Cougars added four more runs in the 3rd. The sixth and final run of the contest came in the bottom half of the sixth when D.J. Beard singled in Ashton Ross.
Logan County collected ten hits in the win. Jack Campbell, Bradley Taylor, and Austin Rayno each hit safely twice. Campbell smashed an RBI triple in the 3rd inning. Michael Riley, Kaleb Justice, D.J. Beard, and Third Bell also had base hits.
Senior Jordan Hendrix pitched a gem. He started his tenth game of the season and got his tenth win. Hendrix finished the season with 68 strikeouts. Against Glasgow, he allowed four hits, no runs, and struck out three.
The first round win set up the third meeting of the season with the Bowling Green Purples for the semifinals. Bowling Green is the only team to defeat Logan County by more than two points in any of the nine losses of 2016. Logan won the first game between the two, 4-3. The Purples destroyed the Cougars 15-0 in the second meeting at Bowling Green. The third game would decide who advanced to the Region championship game on Wednesday.
The Purples were the visitors on the scoreboard on Tuesday. They wasted no time putting up the first run. The first batter of the game doubled to right field. He would end up scoring on a single just two plays later. Pitcher Ethan Smock and the Cougars would escape the 1st inning only down 1-0. Bradley Taylor doubled in the first at bat for Logan, but never advanced farther before the third out.
Bowling Green took advantage of some miscues by the Cougars in the top of the 2nd. Three errors, three hits, two walks, and two sacrifice bunts allowed the Purples to leap out to a 5-0 lead. The defense would calm down for the remainder of the game. Bowling Green would not score again.
Logan County got on the board in the bottom of the 3rd inning. Third Bell led off with a long double to center. After a balk advanced Bell to third base, the only Cougar RBI came on a sacrifice fly. The Bowling Green pitcher, Tyler Stahl, controlled the Cougar bats for the rest of the evening. Stahl struck out eight and only allowed four hits.
Ethan Smock started the game on the hill for Logan County. Smock finished the season with an impressive (8-2) record and 64 strikeouts. Against Bowling Green, he allowed five hits and two earned runs in just under two innings of work. D.J. Beard took over in the 2nd inning. Beard gave up no runs on four hits and struck out one.
At the plate, Bradley Taylor had a double and a single. Third Bell belted a double. Michael Riley hit a single late in the game.
Bowling Green beat Logan County 5-1. The Purples would go on to win the Region championship for 2016 after beating South Warren 2-0 on Wednesday.
Bradley Taylor led the Cougars in 2016 with a .479 batting average. Taylor also had a team high 58 hits in 121 at bats. Jackson Campbell led with 32 RBIs on the season.
The Cougars will only lose three seniors. Hunter Crafton, Jordan Hendrix, and Michael Riley all graduated. Logan County should continue to put up impressive numbers in the coming seasons.