Lo-Ma slugs four home runs, defeats Wolves 18-5

 MANILLA (June 18) -- The Logan-Magnolia baseball team blasted four home runs early, scored in every inning and pulled away late to beat IKM-Manning 18-5 in a Western Iowa Conference game Friday night.
 The Wolves trailed just 9-5 after five before Lo-Ma scored the final nine runs, including six in the top of the seventh.
 The Panthers utilized the long ball to score their first five runs as Joe Hedger and Tre Melby hit back-to-back jacks in the first inning, Jarett Armstrong went yard in the second and Melby added a second homer in the third. Three of the four home runs were solo shots.
 Lo-Ma added two more extra-base hits in the fourth as Tru Melby doubled and Jacob Fetter followed with an RBI triple.
 The Melby brothers combined for six hits in the game, with Tre scoring four runs and driving in three. Armstrong (3 RBI), Fetter (2 RBI) and Evan Roden (2 RBI) added two hits each.
 Hedger nearly went the distance on the mound for the Panthers, recording 12 strikeouts with no walks in six and two-thirds innings. He allowed seven hits and three earned runs.
 Cooper Perdew (0-2) pitched five and one-third innings for IKM-Manning, surrendering 13 hits and 12 runs (nine earned) while walking two. Brody Blom, Lane Sams and Reed Hinners all pitched in relief.
 The Wolves committed seven errors on the night, including six in the final three innings. They also issued four walks during Lo-Ma’s six-run seventh.
 IKM-M still hung around through five, getting a solo home run from senior Hayden McLaughlin in the fourth and an RBI double from McLaughlin in the fifth.
 Max Nielsen also had two hits, including a double, while Blom (2 runs), Sams, Conner Richards and Perdew added singles. Blom was the only IKM-M batter that did not strike out vs. Hedger.
 Logan-Magnolia improved to 7-10 overall and 6-7 in the Western Iowa Conference and also won two non-league games on Saturday.
 IKM-Manning dropped to 4-12 overall and 3-10 in the WIC going into Monday’s game at Treynor.

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