Logan Boyd garners all-star selection

Logan Boyd entered this summer simply hoping to get as many at-bats and repetitions in the field to help him become a fixture in the Oregon State baseball lineup next season.

He's gotten that and a little more, recently, after being selected to play in tonight's West Coast Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game in Moses Lake, Wash.

"It's a great honor," Boyd said of his selection. "This West Coast Baseball League I'm in is a very good league. There are kids from Division I schools all over, so it's just an honor to be selected by the other coaches. I'm looking forward to it because it's a privilege to play in something like this."

As a member of the Spokane RiverHawks (14-15), Boyd opened the first half of the WCCBL slate on a tear before cooling off a bit down the stretch.

The 6-foot-1, 202 pounder ranks first in the league with five home runs, 27 walks and a .444 on-base percentage. He's second in runs (24) and slugging percentage (.511) and third in RBIs (20) at the halfway point.

"Summer baseball's all about getting at-bats and testing your limits on the base paths and just having fun," said Boyd, who was hitting well over .300 before an 0-for-17 slide dropped him back to .277. "Last year (at OSU) I didn't get many at-bats so this is all about getting that timing back and confidence back up and getting good reps."

Boyd has seen the lion's share of play in the outfield, but has also gotten some looks at first base in preparation of a position switch that may come next spring.

"I'm just trying to do what I can to get in that lineup next year," he said. "Coach (Pat) Casey said they really don't have any first basemen coming in that they know about and that it'll help my chances if I can play there, too. I'm more than willing to do anything I can to get myself in the lineup, so that's what I'm working on right now."

This past spring, Boyd played in 21 of the Beavers' 52 games, primarily as a pinch-hitter until the latter stages of the season. He started six games as a junior transfer and finished with a .267 batting average to go with one home run and seven RBIs.

"It was kind of disappointing, but it was also a learning experience," said Boyd of his first season at OSU. "I think that's what's important for me; it'll make me stronger in the long run."

Being shipped up to Spokane, Wash., has also been a learning experience for the Medford native, but something he has thoroughly enjoyed.

"I have no complaints whatsoever," he said of not playing closer to home this summer. "The coaches have been great, everyone's been great. Spokane's a different area, but I'm adjusting to it well."

Having former North Medford High standout Rob Folsom and fellow OSU underclassmen Kraig Sitton on the RiverHawks' roster has also made the adjustment easier, according to Boyd.

"Those guys are great," said the former South Medford High standout. "We're having a lot of fun."

Folsom returned from a two-year mission in Texas to rejoin the Beavers this past fall, but only saw action in 14 games and finished with two hits in 15 at-bats. Boyd said he's beginning to blossom again in Spokane, most recently belting his first two home runs of the summer during an 11-7 win over the Bellingham Bells last Thursday.

"It's just a matter of getting him those repetitions," said Boyd of his teammate. "I think it's helped him a lot."

Folsom enters the second half of the summer slate hitting .205 with 12 runs and nine RBIs, and splits time at catcher and in the outfield.

"He's a warrior," said Boyd. "He'll go out and have your back and will give it everything he's got on every play. Rob's been a good role model for me because he works so hard in the weight room and at everything he does. I like hanging around guys like that."

Reach reporter Kris Henryat 776-4488, or e-mail khenry@mailtribune.com

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