This season’s Player of the Year assumed a starring role in ending the seasons of both coaches who shared top honors on The Independent’s 2013 All-Area Baseball Team.
Ashland senior Logan Salow dealt eight innings and struck out 18 batters to help escape Keith Prater’s Lewis County Lions in the first round of the 16th Region Tournament. A day later, Salow fired a laser from center field to home plate to erase the potential go-ahead run in a win over Jason Davis’ Rowan County Vikings.
Just as his team was back-to-back region champion, Salow has been voted Player of the Year by area coaches in back-to-back seasons. The area includes all 16th Region schools as well as Johnson Central, Lawrence County and Paintsville.
“Coach (Jeff Wilcox) told me right after the region championship (about the honor),” Salow said. “I had some mixed emotions. We had just won the championship, so I wanted to celebrate with my team. Then coach pulled me aside and said, ‘You also won Player of the Year.’ It was pretty special.”
Salow is the first two-time top honoree since former Lawrence County standout Chandler Shepherd earned the recognition in 2009 and 2011.
“It’s pretty neat winning it two times in a row,” Salow said. “I couldn’t thank my teammates more.”
Headed to the University of Kentucky as a preferred walk-on, Salow turned in a sensational senior season even after dealing with triceps soreness in his throwing arm in the early going.
The left-hander racked up 101 strikeouts in 46 2/3 innings, giving up just seven earned runs on the year. He tossed his only career perfect game against Lawrence County on May 11 in Prestonsburg — he amassed 18 punchouts against the Bulldogs.
Salow led off for the Tomcats, and he played center field when not on the mound. He hit .387, scored 39 runs, stole 19 bases and drove in 24 runs.