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July 9, 2014

Weins aids Eagles' bonding process

FRANKTON — Contrary to popular belief, sometimes numbers do lie.

Logan Weins surrendered nine hits and seven runs in the final start of his high school career — a sectional championship loss against Class 2A state champion Wapahani — and nobody argues those figures.

But they don't tell the whole story.

Six of the runs scored with two outs in an inning — including three in the fifth after a bang-bang play at first base went awry.

"I honestly felt Logan pitched well enough to win that game," Frankton coach Brad Douglas said. "That's just a heck of a team we ran into."

And it put an unhappy ending to a heck of a season for the Eagles' ace.

Weins pitched to a 2.47 ERA and struck out 66 batters in 45 1/3 innings. That was good enough to post a 5-2 record for a Frankton team that finished 16-10 overall in Douglas' first season.

It was also good enough for Weins to be named the Herald Bulletin's 2014 Baseball Pitcher of the Year.

"It's obviously not the easiest situation, knowing you're the premier guy and everybody's coming after you and knows you're pitching every big game," Douglas said. "He's a great kid. He's a kid you never have to worry about when he leaves the field, what he's doing. And that shows up in his work ethic. You can count on him every day."

Weins, meanwhile, was counting on his teammates.

He said a bond formed within the team after a disappointing 2-6 start, and it made this season the most enjoyable of his high school career.

"We started playing together and for each other, in my opinion," Weins said. "I think we came closer together as a team, and that's what made it better for me."

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