Cougars Squeeze By Warriors

Thursday, March 21, 2013
Right fielder Justin Herrera makes a running catch in Rector's win over EPC.

The Cougars opened conference play with a win Thursday in Rector, topping the visiting EPC Warriors, 2-1.

Rector plated two runs in the first inning, both coming off EPC miscues. A dropped third strike and errant throw to first base allowed Daniel White to come home for the Cougars' first run. Courtesy runner Sam "Bam" Westbrook came home later in the frame on a passed ball at the plate.

The early surge would be all the Cougars needed. Outside of the aforementioned miscues, EPC was stingy on the day, allowing just two hits. White and Justin Herrera each had a single for Rector in the contest.

"EPC's a solid team," RHS head coach Nate Henderson said. "We're happy to come out of that one with a win. We played pretty good overall and took advantage of what they gave us. In high school baseball, if you can limit your mistakes and take what the other team gives you, you can be pretty good."

Mitchell Weber earned the win on the mound for the Cougars. Weber worked all seven innings, allowing one unearned run on five hits with two strikeouts, two walks and a hit batter.

"Mitchell did a good job on the mound," Henderson said. "He was in control and had a good outing. For the most part, we looked pretty good."

Paragould Game

The Cougars fell to host Paragould Friday, 4-3.

Miscues hurt Rector on the afternoon, with all four of Paragould's runs being unearned.

"We did some things that hurt us in that one," Henderson said. "Paragould scored on two passed balls and went up 2-0 in the third when a dropped fly in the field let another run in with two outs."

Rector responded in the fourth inning though, plating three runs. Kyle Britt and Bryce Westbrook drove in a run each in the frame, and the squad added another run on a bad throw.

Paragould tied the game at 3-3 in the sixth, scoring on a passed ball. The hosts picked up the win on a bases loaded balk call in the seventh inning.

Josh Loveless took the loss for the Cougars. Loveless allowed five hits with seven strikeouts and battled against four unearned runs on the day.

The Cougars are currently enjoying spring break. Rector is slated to visit Piggott at 1:30 p.m. March 22, weather permitting, and will resume play beginning at 4:30 p.m. March 25 at Marked Tree. RHS is set to host Cross County beginning at 4 p.m. March 26.

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