High school baseball: Hensley, Hurricane shut out Logan
HURRICANE, W.Va. -- Logan's baseball team entered its third game of the season at Hurricane, having not allowed a run in either of its first two.
Unfortunately for the Wildcats, it was Hurricane junior right-hander Austin Hensley that fired the blanks Thursday night in leading the Redskins to a 2-0 win at Lola Meeks Field.
Hensley (2-1) struck out seven and allowed just one walk, while scattering six hits in going the distance for the Redskins, who improved to 5-1.
Logan dropped to 2-1 with the loss.
"He's a bulldog," said Hurricane Coach Brian Sutphin of Hensley. "He's a tough kid and he definitely works hard.
"I thought he pitched in rhythm more tonight and he seemed to have command of all his pitches. Overall, I thought he was just aggressive and came right after them and just trusted his defense and they made good plays behind him."
For Hensley, the key was successfully staying ahead of the Wildcats' normally dangerous hitters.
"They can hit the ball and they came out ready, so my approach was to get ahead early, stay after them and let my defense make plays," Hensley said. "You hear about Logan and they always have a good team, so I came ready to play."
Logan senior righthander Johnny Morrison also had a solid outing on the mound, striking out five batters and scattering six hits over five innings of work. Sophomore Chase Preston worked a perfect sixth inning, striking out two, for Logan.
Morrison did struggle with his control at times, issuing four walks, including a pair of costly free passes in the decisive fourth inning.
In that inning the Redskins loaded the bases on a throwing error by Preston, a single by J.T. Rogoszewski and a walk to No. 9 hitter Zach Pate.
Hurricane leadoff man Trey Dawson plated the game's first run when he worked Morrison for a two-out walk, while Rogoszewski closed out the scoring one batter later when Morrison balked with the bases loaded.
Josh Rein had a pair of hits for the Wildcats, while Riley Metz doubled and Tate Brock had a single and a double for the Redskins.
"He's probably got as good a stuff as anybody that we have," Logan Coach Roger Gertz said of Morrison, who pitched sparingly as a junior.
"Sometimes his location is his biggest problem and he rushes himself, but I think as the year goes on he's going to mature into a real good baseball pitcher."