<strong>LOGAN—</strong> The Logan baseball team started slowly and committed numerous errors early in route to an 8-5 home loss to Fremont Tuesday afternoon.
Logan got off to a rough start when the game’s first batter, Thomas Wilson, reached first base on an overthrow. The Grizzlies were able to rectify the error as Wilson tried to advance to second but was tagged out.
After a pair of walks by starting pitcher Brayden Richardson, Fremont’s Trevor Bennett hit a single to left field to give the Silver Wolves a 1-0 lead.
Richardson committed the Grizzlies second error of the inning, which put runners on first and second.
Josh Payne ripped a line drive up the left field line for a two RBI single. Payne crossed the plate for a 4-0 lead when Jared Neilson also hit a ball up the third base line.
Logan managed to end the Silver Wolves inning when center fielder Chase Nelson rocketed a throw to the plate where Garrett Gallegos was tagged out.
“We just stayed focused, that was the biggest thing to stay in the game,” Logan’s Michael Hart said. “We can’t let our heads get down if we get down like that. We were able to keep our heads up, to be able to come back and turn it around later on.”
Wilson led off the second for Fremont and hit a triple off the centerfield wall. Wilson added another run to make it 5-0 after an overthrow to third base from the catcher as he was leading off.
Another error in the third inning led to another run and a 6-0 lead for the Silver Wolves.
“Of those six runs, five were unearned,” Logan head coach Mike Hansen said. “That’s a talking point and a learning point that we know we’ve got to get better than that. You know a lot of those things are fixable. We’re not going to press the panic button.”
The Grizzlies loaded the bases in the bottom of the third after Isaac Rhea was hit by a pitch a couple of his teammates, Chase Nelson and Jesse Braddy, hit singles.
Hart stepped up to the plate after Braddy and drove the ball up the first base line and sending two runs home to make it 6-2.
“I just saw, in that situation, that we had the bases loaded and I was like ‘I’ve got to hit something that will score at least one and get us some fire.’ ” Hart said. “It happened to come to a good spot and we were able to score a couple runs off of it.”
With one out in the bottom of the fourth, Garrett Wright crashed into the Fremont catcher to score from second base on a single by TJ Booth.
The catcher, Taylon Johansen, was shaken up and immediately taken out of the game. Garrett Himelright for the Silver Wolves replaced him.
Fremont walked the next two Logan batters and paid for it when Braddy hit a two RBI single up the middle to make it 6-5.
“At six to nothing we didn’t die and that’s big. That means a lot for a team to battle back,” Hansen said. “We still believe in them and they still believe in themselves.”
The Grizzlies momentum stalled however as they allowed two runs in the top of the fifth and were held scoreless until the end.
Despite the 8-5 loss, Hansen and the team remain optimistic.
“We’re going to take the positives of staying in it and battling,” Hansen said. “We want to get better every day, every game, every practice, and every pitch. That’s our goal and we’re going to keep working toward that.”
Logan will be in action at home again Wednesday afternoon as they take on the Northridge Knights.