Holmes pitched one inning for the Tigers in the 2007 Class 4A state championship game and that is by far his most memorable moment. One of just a few sophomores on that senior-laden team, Holmes’ role in the game is one head coach Chad Slaten said would be forgotten.
“I want to give hats off to another sophomore, the left-hander that came in and got ‘em one, two, three in the fifth or sixth, Logan Holmes,” Slaten said after the championship game in 2007. “He’s a sophomore. That’s ironic. We’re a senior-oriented team, but we had two sophomores really step up and do some really big things. That was big; people ain’t going to remember that inning.”
Holmes, a 2009 graduate of CHS, hopes to create some memorable championship moments on the collegiate level. He signed to play baseball for Talladega College on Tuesday.
The Childersburg grad chose TC for its proximity to home.
“It’s close to home and all the colleges that I’ve been to have been far away,” Holmes said Tuesday. “I wasn’t really interested in traveling that far to go to school. I learned about Talladega College and they were close. I really wanted to play baseball and we talked to Coach Ramos and I think it’ll be a good fit for me.”
The left-handed pitcher recorded 59 strikeouts in 44 innings of work for the Tigers this season, going 6-2 on the hill. Holmes said playing for Slaten at Childersburg has prepared him for the hard work that will be required at the college level.
“Coach Slaten definitely prepared us to compete everyday on and off the field, in and out of the classroom,” Holmes said. “He was a very tough coach, but I think that he did a good job with us and helped us prepare for the next level.”
While the high school season ended a couple of months ago Holmes hasn’t slowed down any. The pitcher is playing summer ball with the American Legion Post 12 team out of Dothan. The team has been traveling around the country facing some of the best baseball players around. They’ll play in the state tournament later this month.
Talladega College head baseball coach Will Ramos first saw Holmes play during the Lions Club East-West All-Star game in Talladega in May. It didn’t take long for him to realize he could be a valuable asset to the Tornadoes.
“The first time I saw him he was in the All-Star game at Talladega,” Ramos said. “He showed that he was a pretty good pitcher that day. I think he knows how to win. He knows how to pitch.”
Holmes said he wants to help his team out any way possible in his first season of college ball.
“I want to be able to contribute to the team and help them out any way I can, whether it be in pitching or sitting there cheering for the team when I’m not playing,” he said.