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Wabash Valley and John Logan both lost once over the weekend, and remain tied on the loss side for first place in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference standings.

WVC won two out of three against Kaskaskia and followed that with a single win on Sunday at Lake Land in a make-up game. Logan won two of three against Olney Central, leaving WVC at 11-3 in the league and Logan 8-3.

Third-place Kaskaskia fell two games off the pace on the loss side at 10-5 in the league. The Devils are 18-11 on the season.

On Friday, the Warriors sent their ace, Spencer Drake, to the mound to open the Kaskaskia series. The University of Cincinnati committ struck out 13 batters and improved to 6-0 on the year as WVC won, 7-4. Justin Garcia and Cole Gleason each had three hits for the Warriors.

On Saturday in Centralia, Kaskaskia evened the set with a 4-2 win in the first game of a doubleheader. But, the Warriors came back to win the rubber game, 5-3, behind the two hits and two runs batted in from Ray Perez.

Sunday, WVC scored nine runs in the sixth inning to pull away from Lake Land, 14-7, in Mattoon. Jeff Smith hit two home runs and had four RBIs for the Warriors, while Justin Garcia added three RBIs.

Wabash Valley is 26-9 on the year. Lake Land fell to 2-10 in the league, 7-17 overall.

NOTES: Drake’s ERA now stands at 1.06. He has 77 strikeouts in 59 innings of work... Gleason leads team in  HRs (4), RBIs (40) and batting average (.368)... Harold Diaz is next in hitting at .344.

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