Feb. 23, 2017
CARTERVILLE — The Carl Sandburg College baseball team grabbed a lead in the middle innings but lost its season opener 7-2 at John A. Logan on Thursday in the Logan Classic.
The Chargers (0-1) took a 2-1 lead in the top of the sixth behind back-to-back RBI singles from sophomore Marty Mennenga (Rantoul, Ill./Paxton-Buckley-Loda) and freshman Shane Coleman (Abingdon, Ill./Abingdon-Avon) before surrendering six unanswered runs.
After allowing a first-inning tally, Chargers starter Matt Trouten (Moline, Ill./Moline) put up four straight scoreless frames before giving up a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth. Trouten allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits and two walks over 5 2/3 innings while fanning a career-best eight batters.
The Volunteers (5-3) extended their lead with a pair of runs in both the seventh and eighth.
Chargers center fielder Payton Hartbank (Mattoon, Ill./Mattoon) went 3 for 4 with a double and run scored in his collegiate debut. Mennenga and third baseman Mitchell Ellison (East Moline, Ill./United Township) each added a pair of singles for Sandburg, which totaled 11 hits.
The Chargers will continue play in the Classic on Friday with games at 9:30 a.m. against South Suburban and at noon against Illinois Valley. Sandburg also will face Illinois Central at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
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John A. Logan 7, Sandburg 2
Sandburg 000 002 000 — 2 11 2
Logan 100 002 22x — 7 12 0
WP-Gordon (6th, 4 IP, 5 K, 0 BB)
LP-Trouten (5.2 IP, 8 K, 2 BB)