Logan named All-State baseball player

Published 12:09 am Thursday, June 3, 2010

WESSON — Kendall Logan had to follow in some pretty big footsteps, but thanks to a lot of hard work and practice, he made some footprints of his own.

One year after his brother, Cameron Logan, was named to the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges All-State first team, Kendall was given the same honor.

Kendall Logan, the Wolves’ right fielder, hit .385 on the season with 50 hits, 32 RBIs and 26 stolen bases in 28 attempts.

Despite those gaudy numbers, Logan, a Natchez High graduate, said he wasn’t anticipating being named first team all state.

“It’s amazing. I wasn’t expecting it,” Logan said. “For two brothers to make it back to back years, it feels good.”

Co-Lin baseball coach Keith Case said Logan’s hard work is the reason for his great season.

“From his freshman year to now, Kendall has really turned himself into a really good baseball player,” Case said. “He was a good athlete last year, but this year he has turned himself into a good baseball player.”

Logan said he made that transition by working on the fundamentals.

“Last year I wasn’t very fundamental and this year I worked on getting fundamentally sound,” Logan said. “Coach told me after last season that’s what I needed to work on. In order to play I’d have to become more fundamental. And the hard work paid off.”

Case said that hard work included lots of late nights in the indoor practice facility.

“After practice, Kendall would go to dinner and study, and then he would come back to the indoor facility at night,” Case said. “He hit or work on whatever he needed to work on. The weaknesses he had aren’t his weaknesses anymore. You look back over what he has done and it’s impressive.”

In addition to his success in athletics, Logan is also a champion in the classroom.

He graduated with a 3.9 grade point average in engineering, and chose to sign a baseball scholarship with Jackson State this fall partly because of its strong engineering program.

“My dad always told me grades come first and then sports later,” Logan said. “It’s something I’ve always believed in.”

Case said Logan worked just as hard in the classroom as he did on the baseball diamond.

“He is the total package,” Case said. “He approaches his class work like he does baseball. He took a lot of pride in it and worked hard to be successful.”