Cougars Make Good Showing in Harrison Tourney
The Cougars faced talented competition, finishing fourth in the Ozark Classic this past weekend at Harrison.
On Friday, the Cougars fell to a tough Forsythe, Mo. squad, 10-0.
"They're a very good team," head coach Nate Henderson said. "That's not a game where I felt like we played poorly, but a game where the other team is just very good. I can't fault our guys in that one. That's probably the best team we've faced all year."
Rector topped Bruno-Pyatt High School, located in Everton, Ark., in the consolation bracket Saturday, 4-3.
"That was a tough game," Henderson said. "It was hard-fought by both teams. That's a good win for us."
Josh Loveless earned the win on the mound for the Cougars. Loveless worked all seven innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits with 10 strikeouts and three walks.
"Josh had a good outing for us," Henderson said. "He was in control out there and I thought he had his best stuff. It was a really good effort."
Henderson said the Cougars hit the ball well in the victory, scattering eight hits throughout the lineup.
"It was a team effort on offense. Everyone in this lineup contributed."
Rector topped Clinton, 3-0, to earn fourth place in the tournament Saturday.
Pitching was a strong area for the boys in blue in the win. Nick Hardin notched the victory, earning the start and working five and one-third solid innings. Hardin allowed just two hits on the day, striking out seven and walking one in the shutout. Mitchell Weber earned the save, finishing the final inning and two-thirds for the Cougars. Weber allowed no hits and struck out three in relief.
Dillon Shelton and Kyle Britt finished with two hits and an RBI each to lead the Cougars in the contest.
"That was probably our best game of the season," Henderson said. "We hit the ball well, got a great pitching effort from Nick Hardin and Mitchell Weber and didn't make many mistakes in the field."
Rector's play was strong enough; the game was nearly a much more lopsided affair.
"That was a game we could've won by nine runs," Henderson said. "We actually left eight men stranded on base."
The return to 2A-3 conference action was a rough one for Rector Monday, as the Cougars fell to host EPC, 9-0.
"EPC is a very good team," Henderson said. "We beat them here earlier, but they were firing on all cylinders Monday and we just weren't. We just got out-played. That's all there is to it."
Rector is set to host Cross County beginning at 4 p.m. Thursday. The Cougars will play host to BIC at 4:30 p.m. Monday before welcoming McCrory at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16.