Cougars Notch Wins Corning, Cross County
The Cougars didn't get the opportunity to play more than one game in the Glen Sain Duel on the Diamond tournament this past weekend in Paragould, but when they were on the field, Rector made an impression, defeating county rival Corning 2-1 Friday.
"That was probably our best all-around game," Rector skipper Nate Henderson said. "We hit the ball well and we kept our mistakes to a minimum. When you can do that, you always have a chance to win in high school baseball."
Lawson Ford hit a leadoff double in the bottom of the fifth, and final, inning. Ford stole third, before coming home on a passed ball at the plate to score the winning run.
Rector took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Kyle Britt, who finished the day two for three at the plate, singled to start the inning off right. Sam Westbrook came in as the courtesy runner for Britt, and was able to take second base. A single by senior Jake Scott put runners on the corners. Rector put on the double steal, with Scott drawing the attention at second base, allowing Westbrook to steal home for the 1-0 advantage.
Corning would tie the game at 1-1 in the third inning.
Josh Loveless earned the win for the Cougars on the mound. Loveless worked the fourth and fifth innings, allowing no runs on no hits with four strikeouts and a walk. Nick Hardin started the contest, giving three strong innings. Hardin allowed one run on two hits with four strikeouts and a walk.
The Cougars handled Cross County last Tuesday at Wynne, 6-0.
Rector scattered 10 hits throughout the entire lineup. Britt finished with two hits and an RBI to set the pace.
"We hit the ball well and just took what they gave us," Henderson said. "That was a good win."
Hardin earned the win on the mound, allowing just two hits with seven strikeouts and two walks in five and one-third innings.
"He's really coming around as a pitcher," Henderson said. "I can see his confidence grow every time he goes out there. That's huge for a sophomore."
The Cougars were slated to visit Riverside Tuesday. Rector is set to host Marmaduke beginning at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. The Cougars are scheduled to play in the Ozark Classic this weekend before visiting EPC at Lepanto Monday and hosting Marked Tree at 4:30 p.m. April 9.