When a pitcher takes a perfect game into the fifth inning, it’s tough to beat an opponent.
Such was the case for the Logan High boy’s baseball team in a 7-1 loss to Murray. Spartans starting pitcher Spencer Downs didn’t allow a Grizzly base runner until the fifth inning, and the Murray offense provided plenty of run support.
The hits came in abundance for the Spartans, including a handful of extra base hits. After a lead-off triple for Nick Smart, the Spartans went on top 1-0 on an RBI double in the first inning.
Murray added to its lead in the third with four consecutive hits in the fourth. Smart added an RBI double to make it 4-0 in the fourth, and a 2-RBI single in the fifth to make it 7-0. The senior finished the just short of hitting for the cycle after notching a single, double and triple.
Downs had his perfect game broken up to start the fifth inning, giving up back-to-back hits to Zack Rich and Michael Hart, but the Grizzlies were unable to capitalize on the opportunity.
Logan finally broke through for its first run in the sixth inning when a string of hits and a wild pitch allowed the Grizzlies to score, but it was all the Grizzlies could muster.
Logan finished the season 17-12, with an 11-4 region record to win its first region title in more than 20 years.