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Pine Belt Player Feature: Logan McDowell Throws "Nasty" Splitter

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On Monday we announced Logan McDowell of Columbia High School is WHLT's Pine Belt Player.

On Wednesday we got to know our winner a little bit better.

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Meet Logan McDowell.

He may not be your conventional pitcher, but that is what makes him so effective.

"I dropped down one time and Coach [Greg Owen] told me to do it again," says McDowell.

"He's submarine, he's down low with his angle," says Owen. "He gets a lot of movement on his pitches and he's pretty consistent with the strike zone, so you put all those together and that makes a pretty complete pitcher."

Not only is McDowell the total package on the mound - he is by far the team's most unique player.

With a pitching style predicated on movement and deception, embarrassing strikeouts have become the norm.

"The splitter this year is my out pitch this year," says McDowell. "Last year it was a slurve but this year it's nasty and my team - they don't like it."

"It's hard to hit - really hard to hit - so good luck to whoever's facing him," says Columbia first baseman Jonathan Sanford.

"He's gotten me out a few times that I thought I was going to get a hit, so he's got some pretty good stuff," says Columbia pitcher Jonathan Broughton.

A two-seam fastball rounds out the three-pitch arsenal of the right-hander, who is only going to get better with time.

McDowell is only two games into his sophomore year, and he is already the No. 2 pitcher in the starting rotation.

That is an opportunity that did not happen by accident.

"First of all he loves the game of baseball," says Owen. "When the others are leaving and I'm cutting the grass, I see him on the mound just working drills without a ball."

"I like to visualize, I like to think a lot," says McDowell. "Thoughts become things, and that's been a big thing for me."

Another contributing factor to McDowell's success is his unwavering determination on the mound - a characteristic best described by his head coach and teammates.

"He's a bulldog," says Owen.

"I think bulldog is pretty good," says Broughton. "He can be pretty stubborn, but he gets stuff done, though."

"Monster truck in the mud, going through mud," says Sanford. "He gets bogged down but he can tear it up and get out."

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Columbia opens its season at home on Friday against Bogue Chitto at 4 p.m.

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