Strong pitching lifts Logan past Providence

Behind a strong outing from starting pitcher Jarren Tyler and solid defense, the Logan Royals raced past the Providence Royals in a 7-1 win Tuesday at Worthington Park.

“We did a great job from start to finish and Jarren pitched a great game,” said Logan head coach Ron Stott. “It’s good we’re hitting the ball. We went through a streak of two or three games where we had a hard time putting the ball in play.”

Tyler allowed just two hits in seven innings while striking out three en route to picking up the win.

The Royals provided consistent offensive support for Tyler, led by McKay Hedin’s 2-run home run in the third to give Logan a 4-0 lead.

“It was good pitch to hit, I did what I had to do with it,” Hedin said. “Rob Garrett) threw a lot of strikes. He was in the zone the whole game and we were fortunate to hit the ball.” 

Logan scored in four consecutive innings and finished with four extra base hits.

Three consecutive hits led to two more runs for the Royals in the fifth, highlighted by Jake Bartholomew’s RBI triple to score Brayden Anderson and give Logan a 7-0 lead.

Providence broke through for it’s only run of the game in the seventh after Tyler got himself into a jam.

Jed Jensen’s second single of the game led off the inning, and Tyler walked Matt Stranski before a fielder’s choice groundout and a throwing error led to the Wolverines lone run.

“Jarren is kind of famous for walking three guys in a row and then striking the next three out,” Stott said. “So I reminded him that the game wasn’t being televised so it wasn’t going to help the ratings for him to make it interesting in the seventh inning.”

Logan improved to 9-3 overall this season, closing to within half a game of Providence at 10-3. The Royals travel to Brigham City Tuesday for a double header at 6 p.m., while the Wolverines face Smithfield on the road at 7:30 p.m. 

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