Cougars take the field

Thursday, March 22, 2012
RHS coach Robert Dorman offers advice to Justice Beck (left) and Dustin Sparks.

The Cougars had a hard time at Marmaduke Thursday, falling to the hosting Greyhounds, 12-2.

Rector trailed 3-0 after three innings, but plated a runner on a passed ball at the plate in the fourth. The Cougars scored again in the fifth on an RBI single by Mitchell Weber. A Rector runner tried to take the plate on another passed ball in the fifth, but a quick response by the MHS defense halted the play at the plate.

MHS blew up in the bottom of the fifth, scoring seven runs to move ahead 10-2, taking the wind out of the Cougars' sails. Marmaduke added two more in the bottom of the sixth to set the final in place.

Mitchell Weber was the only RHS player to notch multiple hits, finishing with two singles and an RBI.

Morgan Hawley led MHS with three hits, including a homerun and a double.

Dustin Sparks took the loss for Rector, working five and two-thirds innings. Alec Scott came on in relief for RHS.

Jessie Howler earned the win for Marmaduke.

The 2012 season has brought several new faces to the Cougars, including first year skipper Robert Dorman. Coach Dorman and the Cougars are working to find a rhythm on the diamond, with several key players joining late due to Rector's basketball success.

"We're getting there," Dorman said. "We just got our basketball boys in time to start playing, so we've actually had about a week of full team practices, including the days it rained. We're going to get there. Right now, it's just a work in progress."

Pitching is one area Dorman feels comfortable with early.

"Pitching has been really good for us this year. Guys like Mitchell (Weber) and Dustin (Sparks) have been throwing real well for us. Some of the younger guys are really stepping up, too. Nick Hardin, one of our freshmen, has been a pleasant surprise."

At the plate, Dorman has seen some glimpses of good things to come.

"As a whole, we've got to work on hitting the ball and do a better job at the plate. So far, I've seen some good things from several of the guys. Daniel White has been hitting the ball really this year. He's probably our best hitter so far. Mitchell Weber and Alec Scott have also been hitting the ball well. Dustin Sparks started off slow, but has been coming around as of late."

The Cougars have started off 0-4, but Dorman and his squad aren't too shaken up by a slow start.

"In high school baseball, it's not how you start, but how you finish that matters the most. We're trying to get in as much time as possible on the field right now. That's what we need more than anything. There's a lot of potential on this team and these guys are working hard. Like I said, we're getting there."

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