Logan Allen graduated from Atascadero High School in 2009 as a two-sport star, the recipient of the Bud Ewing Scholarship and began his career as an Occidental Tiger.
While a Greyhound, Allen was MVP and a workhorse of both Atascadero basketball and baseball. As a senior, he earned first-team all-county and first-team all-league while batting.432 with 11 doubles and 34 runs scored in only 27 games and earned the same awards for basketball as well as earning Southern Section All-CIF first team.
On Sept. 29, Allen was inducted into the Occidental Baseball Hall of Fame for the outstanding career he put together in his four years as a Tiger. Allen was the model of consistency while at Atascadero and only refined his skills in college.
Occidental now has 28 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships after winning the conference in 2016, their first conference championship since 1982. Before 2016, Allen’s 2013 team had the best win percentage of any Occidental team since the ’82 season when they finished 17-11, in fact, only seven teams since the 1982 championship team finished their season with a winning record and two of them came in the final two years of Allen’s career.
The 5-11, 180-pound shortstop was a defensive anchor, a nightmare on the base path and was named all-conference three times while at Occidental, second-team All-SCIAC in his sophomore and junior seasons and first-team his senior year.
“Logan was the model of consistency to get more than 50 hits every single year,” Allen’s positional coach Jesse Rodgers said. “He ended up as our career hits leader, so you knew that when he was in the box he had a good chance to get the barrel on the baseball.”
Allen recorded at least 49 hits and seven doubles in every season for the Tigers, with his best season coming his senior year when he finished with 55 hits, 15 doubles and two home runs with a .342 average.
“He had tremendous speed,” Rodgers said. “Any ball he got in play, he had a great opportunity to reach first base and then if he hit a single it was probably going to be a double and he was going to steal those bases. As a shortstop, just an unbelievable athlete and a really solid defender.”
The former Greyhound now holds the all-time hits record at Occidental (204), the all-time runs scored record (136) and second all-time in doubles (40) and stolen bases (81). Consistency is the only way to accurately describe Allen’s game. On top of the hits and doubles, he also recorded at least 14 stolen bases in every season, swiping 25 bags his freshman year, and scored at least 29 runs.
“Just a rock-solid individual, just very consistent on and off the field, you always knew what you were going to get with him,” Rodgers explained. “So you know the unbelievable athleticism, and the numbers, and helping win games was awesome but just knowing exactly who he was each day it didn’t matter, he played through broken fingers, he had a hamstring he said he tore off the bone that he continued to play through, but just the consistency that you knew you were going to get.”
Allen was not only a standout on the field but also excelled off the field in the classroom earning the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award at Occidental his senior year in 2013.
Occidental held an alumni game and the ceremony over the weekend of Sept. 29 and in his speech, Allen thanked the Occidental College baseball program and the hall of fame committee members, his loving parents Maria and Brian, all of his coaches and lastly his teammates.
The North County now has two members in the Occidental Athletic Hall of Fame. Former Paso Robles Bearcat and longtime coach, Scott Larson who graduated from Occidental in 1971 and was an integral part of the 1968 championship as an ace on the mound, he averaged 12 strikeouts per game, is also in the college’s Hall of Fame. According to the Occidental Hall of Fame resume, Larson holds the school’s record for all-time wins with 32.