"We've got our defense pretty much in place when [Morrison's] on the mound, and he's been pitching great for us all year long. He's pitched in a lot of big games, and we've got a lot of confidence in him.''
Morrison appeared to get stronger as the game went on, even though he sat in the dugout for long stretches as Logan sent 28 batters to the plate over its last four innings.
"I pretty much sit down and get off my legs a little bit,'' Morrison said. "When I get out there, I move around and stretch and get myself back into it. You just have to go out there and get loose.
"I just feel stronger later in the game. Early in the season, our coaches have us throw a lot of bullpen work so we feel more tired than we do at the beginning of the game. It gets us used to the feeling.''
SA was able to get 12/3 innings of relief from Joey Dodrill, one of its top pitchers who has been sidelined by a hamstring injury. He got the Red Dragons out of a jam in the fourth but allowed two runs in the fifth.
The Red Dragons sit out today as Logan hosts Nitro. If Logan wins, SA plays at Logan at 3 p.m. Saturday. If Nitro wins, SA hosts Nitro Saturday at noon.
Whitman hopes his team returns to top form.
"When somebody punches you in the mouth,'' Whitman said, "you just stagger around the rest of the game, and that's what we did. We'll have to regroup Saturday.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.