Baseball Notebook: Team honors, presents gifts to Logan Family

Senior Jeremy Mortenson puts the ball in play in the Coppell Cowboys game versus Lewisville on March 23. Photo by Regan Sullivan.

Senior Jeremy Mortenson puts the ball in play in the Coppell Cowboys game versus Lewisville on March 23. Photo by Regan Sullivan.

“Through this tragedy we’ve grown closer and stronger,” the announcer said during the pre-game ceremony for the Logan Family.

Freshman Shane Steiger hugs Mona Logan and senior Tyler Zabojnik puts his arm around CHS sophomore Jordan Logan. The Logan family came out to the Coppell varsity baseball game Tuesday night when the team, coaches, and students came together to honor the life of Jacob Logan. Photo by Mia Ford.
Freshman Shane Steiger hugs Mona Logan and senior Tyler Zabojnik puts his arm around CHS sophomore Jordan Logan. The Logan family came out to the Coppell varsity baseball game Tuesday night when the team, coaches, and students came together to honor the life of Jacob Logan. Photo by Mia Ford.

As the tribute reverberated throughout the PA system, young and old, athlete and spectator, Flower Mound and Coppell, stood and honored Coppell’s own senior Jacob Logan.

Before the first pitch was thrown in the Coppell vs. Marcus game, a special tribute was paid to the Logan family by the members of the Cowboys baseball team. In remembrance of Logan a brief eulogy was given while players came out to the mound to present the Logan family with gifts from the team.

Logan was the victim of a tragic accident that occurred while cliff-jumping at Possum Kingdom Lake earlier this year.

The announcer described Logan as having a “magnetic personality”.

Sophomore Jordan Logan and her parents were presented with game-day programs, team t-shirts that feature “Do it for Lo” on the back in reference to his nickname J-Lo and posters of the year’s team. The scoreboard was also lit up with the number 21 blazing in honor of him.

Twenty-one was the number worn by Logan during his time at Coppell on the football team. That number has been a part of Coppell life. It can be seen on the backs of cars and on the flag the student section carries to every home-game of baseball as well.

This night meant much to the senior baseball players who grew up playing the sport they love with Logan, like senior pitcher Jake Elliott.

“I’ve played with him since I was eight and he has always been in the outfield for me, and now that his body is gone his spirit is still with me,” Elliott said.

The idea to honor the Logan family did not originate from the team itself, it came from someone close to the organization and close to the player’s hearts.

“Most of our team has been friends with Jacob so Mr. Ringman who does the announcing came up with the idea to do it because he knew that we were are so close to him and that it would be dear to our hearts,” Elliott said.

The baseball team is not the only sport that has honored Logan. Earlier in the year during the Flower Mound football game, both teams held a special moment before the game to remember Logan while Flower Mound students presented a poster in his name.

That night it seemed that Logan was out there with them as the Cowboys toppled the state-ranked Marcus Marauders.

Spring Break Recap

This past week the Cowboys shook off the spring break dust to go 2-1. Two of the games were against district opponents, giving the varsity experience and its first taste of the new season.

On Tuesday March 12, Coppell traveled to Hebron where they handily beat the Hawks 5-1. Hebron is 9-3 on the year with losses already to Coppell and Flower Mound in district play.

Their next opponent was the Flower Mound Jaguars on Friday March 15. Coppell continued its road series but fell short losing 4-2. The Jaguars are 17-3 on the year and are undefeated in district play so far.

Saturday March 16, Coppell faced Plano West and shut them down winning 12-0. Senior pitcher Davis Oliver had the incredibly rare perfect game mainly with the support of his teammates. He only threw one strikeout the whole game, with his team making plays in the field.