Lady Cougars Pound 'Hounds, Fall to BIC
The Lady Cougars got out to a hot start Thursday at Marmaduke, scoring four runs in the first inning en route to picking up a 14-6 victory over the hosting Lady Greyhounds.
Kelly Fowler hit a deep fly ball in the top of the third inning with bases loaded to plate three runners. Johnna Lopez brought home the first score of the day with a sacrifice fly to center earlier in the inning.
Marmaduke scored two runs in the home half of the third frame, cutting Rector's advantage to 4-2. The Lady 'Hounds scored on a bases loaded walk and added the second run when Alex Richey stole home.
The hosts moved ahead 6-4 in the bottom of the fourth, scoring on two errors and an RBI by Richey.
Rector struck back in the fifth, plating 10 runs in the frame. Lopez doubled home Anna Blackshare and Lindsey Ford, who started the inning off with singles. Kendal Gunn singled home Brittany Fair on the go-ahead run. Kaitlyn Essman hit a double through the gap to score Lopez and Gunn. Blackshare singled to put runners on the corners. Fair doubled to left-center, bringing home Essman and Blackshare. Lopez singled to bring in Fair to end the scoring blast.
Fowler earned the win in the circle for Rector. She allowed three earned runs on five hits.
The Lady Cougars moved to 4-1-1 with the win.
The Lady Cougars suffered a tough loss at home Tuesday, March 26, falling to Buffalo Island Central, 7-5, in Rector.
BIC took charge early, plating three runs in the first inning as the Lady Cougars got out to a shaky start in the field.
Ford closed the gap in the bottom of the first, bringing home Blackshare and Fair with her two-out liner to right-center.
BIC scored twice in the top of the third, taking a 5-2 advantage.
The guests would move ahead 7-2 in the top of the seventh.
Rector battled back in the bottom half of the seventh. Blackshare hit a two-run homer over the left field fence to bring home Fowler and Lopez. Fair and Gunn hit back-to-back singles. Ford brought home fair with an RBI single up the middle, but the game came to an end with runners on first and second for the home team.
The Lady Cougars had several opportunities to take control throughout the day. Too often, though, runners were left stranded against a team who reached the state finals a year ago. Rector stranded nine runners on the afternoon.
"We did too many things you can't do against a team like BIC," head coach Louis Ernest said. "We left too many runners stranded and we made some mistakes running the bases which hurt us. If we just eliminate a few of those mistakes, we win the game."