The IMG Academy Baseball season is fresh underway, and in its third game, the team's bats caught fire and the Ascenders blasted Arlington Country Day in Jacksonville, Fla., 18-0. On the offensive end, SS Taylor Lane, a Florida Gator signee went 3-for-3 with a homerun, and OF Luke Bonfield, an Arkansas Razorbacks signee, went 1-for-2 with a homerun. Outfielder Andrew DiLacqua, an Arizona State signee, contributed 4 RBI with a 4-for-4 night at bat, while crossing home twice.
However, the most impressive feat was by junior RHP Logan Allen, making his debut for IMG Academy on the mound. The South Carolina commit dialed up an astounding 15 strikeouts in five shutout innings of play. The Asheville Citizen Times chronicled the Fletcher, N.C. native's first appearance as an Ascender.
From the Asheville Citizen Times:
Fletcher’s Logan Allen made his debut for the Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy baseball team on Thursday and it was a good one.
Allen struck out 15 Arlington Country Day (Fla.) batters and surrendered one hit in five shutout innings of a 18-0 win.
Allen is a junior left-hander who has committed to play college baseball for South Carolina.
As a 10th grader, Allen was 1-1 with three saves and a 3.57 earned run average and 18 strikeouts in 15 2-3 innings for Mountain Athletic Conference 4-A champion Roberson.
His stock as a prospect soared over the summer when Allen was a prominent part of the Georgia-based Evoshield Canes’ run to the World Wood Bat Association World Championship and Perfect Game 17 and under World Series titles.
With the win, IMG Academy Baseball improves to 3-0 (0-0 home, 3-0 away) on the season and returns to action on Valentine's Day in Tarpon Springs, Fla. as they take on East Lake HS. First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m.