COC-small champ Logan-Rogersville fought off a seventh-inning rally by the visiting COC-large champ Willard to win, 6-4 on Tuesday. The Wildcats victory included a 3-run homer by senior Garrett Jernigan in the first inning. He added a solo blast later in the game.
“It ended up being the large class versus the small class champions tonight and it fires our kind up to be able to say they beat the large class champ,” said Rogersville head coach Casey Ledl. "I’m absolutely pleased; we hit the ball really well in the first few innings and we had several base hits that were really solid.”
Michael Pfeifer opened up with a first inning homerun for the Tigers, but the Wildcats saw that run, and raised the Tigers two during their at bat.
Rogersville set the stage to score when Dayton Carr hit a single and Evan Gruener followed him to first on a walk. Jernigan stepped up to bat, and slammed his first-inning homer far out over left field to bring all three runners home.
Jernigan said, “Here the last couple of games I haven’t done that well, but I came back today. I try not to think at all behind the plate. Usually when I try to think too much, it gets me in trouble.”
An RBI single by Carr in the second inning added to Rogersville’s lead.
The Wildcats were on fire at the plate for the first half of the game. Jernigan had his second home run in the third inning followed by Justus Boever with the team’s third.
After the third inning, Willard sent in their relief pitcher, Derek Berry, and Rogersville’s hitting dried up. Both teams went scoreless for the next three innings.
“They brought a lefty pitcher in there that kind of throws backwards, and that pitcher gave us some trouble,” said Ledl. “Coach McGee does a heck of a job over there with their pitching staff, so you knew that kid was going to come in and pitch strikes."
Willard came back late to rally in the seventh inning. The Tigers added three runs before the game was over, including an RBI single by Luke Latham that ran in Pfeifer.
“It was tough coming off the emotional high from winning [our championship], we knew it would be tough today,” said Willard head coach Scott McGee. “We got a little bit of a rally started in the seventh, some momentum, but we’re going to have to keep getting better every day before districts.”
Rogersville is 14-3 on the season. They host Webb City May 3.
Willard is 17-7. They visit Parkview May 4 at 10:00 am.
Rogersville 6, Willard 4
Hits—Rogersville 8, Willard 6
Errors—Rogersville 0, Willard 0