Cougars Finish Strong, Set for District

Thursday, April 25, 2013
Senior Justin "The Man" Herrera crosses home plate during the Cougars' win over Cross County on Monday

The Cougars gained momentum heading into the postseason with a 12-7 win over the visiting Cross County Thunderbirds in baseball action Monday at Rector.

The Cougars overcame an early Cross County lead with a 15-hit day.

"We came out and hit the ball real well," RHS head coach Nate Henderson said. "That was one of the better games we've had, as far as hitting goes."

Senior Mitchell Weber was a run-producing machine for the Cougars, finishing with four RBIs in a three-hit performance. Rector also received a lift on offense from freshmen Garrett Buck, 4-5 with an RBI, and Lawson Ford, 3-5 with an RBI. Also hitting for the Cougars were Daniel White, 2-4 with an RBI; Nick Hardin, 1-4 with two RBIs and Justin "The Man" Herrera, 1-2 with two HBPs.

"We had guys step up and hit the ball, and we also had guys step up in other ways at the plate," Henderson said. "You like to see things like that when you're getting ready to head into postseason tournament play."

Weber picked up the win on the mound for Rector. He worked all seven innings, allowing five earned runs on seven hits with nine strikeouts and five walks.

Cross County started with a four run first inning followed with three more runs in the second. The Cougars battled back after a one run first frame by plating six in the second. Rector took control in the third, adding three more runs to move ahead, 10-7. Rector added insurance runs in the fourth and sixth to set the final tally in place.

The Cougars are set to host the 2A-3 District Baseball Tournament beginning Thursday afternoon at Rector.

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