Former Cathedral standout has banner season in collegiate ranks

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 28, 2016

RAYMOND — Only a mid-season wrist injury was able to slow down Quinton Logan at Hinds Community College this season.

In his first year of collegiate baseball, the former Cathedral High School star led the Eagles with a .345 batting average en route to garnering second-team All-MACJC honors and was named to the 2016 NJCAA DII top incoming freshman baseball list.

“It’s just the same sport I’ve been playing all my life,” Logan said. “It wasn’t like I was new to the game … it feels good receiving those awards. I just played the game, and it wasn’t anything big to me.”

Email newsletter signup

Despite the lofty status, Logan said there was an adjustment period for him, particularly in the early going

“When I first got up there, I thought, ‘These guys are way better than me,’” Logan said. “But then I realized, the game is just faster, and I just adjusted to that, and I caught on real quick. It wasn’t a big issue, and it’s something you can adjust to.”

Logan said the wrist injury kept him out of action for a week, and limited the two-way player to just 29.2 innings this season.

“That cut my pitching short,” Logan said.  “After that, I just mainly played the outfield.”

Logan will make up for the lost time this summer as he is slated to play with the Newark Pilots in New Jersey of the Perfect Game League. Logan flew up Friday to meet with his new teammates.

“I’m a little nervous,” Logan said. “I don’t really know how the competition is going to be, but I’ll see when I get up there. It’s a pretty good league, and I’m excited for it … since I didn’t have that many innings this year, they want me to pitch.”

Logan said he watched with keen interest as his former high school squad advanced to the MAIS AAA championship series last week, which was led by future MACJC opponents in pitchers Sam Parker and Gabe Smith.

Logan even took the opportunity to advise them on what to expect next season at the collegiate ranks.

“I told them it is way faster than the level they are coming from,” Logan said. “It’s easy to adjust. It’s not different from the high school level, but it’s faster.”

Logan intends to return to Hinds Community College for his sophomore campaign and will look to build upon the successful foundation he laid his freshman year.