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Bell, Franken earn All-Ohio honors

From Staff Reports

Two of Columbiana County’s brightest stars on the baseball diamond were recently honored as All-Ohioans by the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association.

Lisbon senior Logan Bell was named to the Div. IV first team, while Columbiana junior Chase Franken earned honorable mention honors in Div. III.

Bell, who was also named Northeast District Player of the Year, helped pitch the Blue Devils to the Div. IV district semifinals and closes his stellar career having broken or tied six school records.

“It has been such a pleasure to coach Logan these last four years,” Lisbon coach Doug Andric said. “Logan is in the top ten in his class and his work ethic in the classroom carried over to the baseball field. He is one of the hardest working kids I’ve coached.”

Not too many teams in the area touched Bell all season. He finished with a 7-2 record and 0.91 ERA in 61 innings of work and set school records for strikeouts in a season (131) and a game (18).

His career numbers are no less impressive. Bell closes his time at Lisbon as the school’s all-time strikeout king with 311 and holds the career ERA record at 1.59.

Bell also left his mark at the plate this season, as he tied Colin Sweeney’s single-season school record with a .506 batting average and bashed a school-record 14 doubles.

He will be continuing his baseball career at the University of Akron next year.

“Logan has terrific leadership skills and he loves the game,” Andric said. “He’s a guy who’s always going to put in the extra work to make himself a better player.”

Franken also powered the Clippers both on the mound and at the plate.

In 11 games and nine starts, Franken led the team in wins (6), ERA (0.74) and strikeouts (75). He also led the team in every major offensive category except for RBIs, batting .443 with two homers, 12 doubles, six triples, 21 steals and 21 RBIs to go with a .531 on-base percentage and .823 slugging percentage.

“Chase was a player we could always count on whether it was at the plate, on the mound or in the field,” Columbiana coach Ryan Wolf said. “The kid just loves to play the game and we always knew what we were getting from him day in and day out. He has great speed and has shown a lot of power this last year.”

With one season left in his high school career, Franken already holds school records in runs doubles and triples. He threw a perfect game as a sophomore and a no-hitter as a junior. Franken also earned first-team All-Northeast District honors.

“On the mound he showed a lot of consistency and his strikeout rate has continued to rise along with better control each year,” Wolf said. “He can be a dominant force.”