FRANKCLAY — When nine-year-old Logan Bannister hit a solo home run for the Leadwood Bulldogs in the first inning of the Bantam League Tournament third-place game on Friday, there was one very, special fan watching. The home run went to deep centerfield where it eluded the Valley Oilers’ fielders allowing Bannister to circle the bases, but it went even farther than that.
When Logan Bannister stepped up to the plate, his mother Natalie had her phone camera aimed on him. Watching on the other end via SKYPE was Logan’s father, Tech. Sgt. Craig Bannister. Logan’s home run went 6,700 miles all the way to Iraq where Sgt. Banister was enjoying his son’s success.
SKYPE is a software application that allows users to make voice and video calls and chats over the Internet.
Logan’s long-distance home run was one of four home runs hit by the Bulldogs in the inning. Logan added a RBI-single in the third inning and scored a second run in helping the Bulldogs win third-place in the tournament by a score of 10-4.