Cougars Stumble Against 'Hounds

Thursday, May 2, 2013
Garrett Buck takes a big cut in district tournament play against Marmaduke

The hosting Cougars fell to rival Marmaduke in the first round of the 2A-3 district baseball tournament this past Thursday at Rector, 5-0.

Marmaduke plated four runs, two each in the sixth and seventh innings, to open up what had been a pitching duel. Rector's Josh Loveless and Marmaduke's Spencer Holifield weren't giving away much from the mound.

The Greyhounds plated a run in the top of the first, and held a 1-0 advantage through the fifth inning.

Loveless showed signs of tiring in the sixth. Mitchell Weber came on in relief, but miscues in the field allowed Marmaduke to plate three unearned runs over the course of the final two innings.

Rector managed just two hits in the contest, coming on singles by Lawson Ford and Weber.

"We made a few mistakes that hurt us late, but we weren't able to get anything going with the bats," RHS head coach Nate Henderson said. "I have to tip my hat to Holifield. He threw a heck of a game. Josh did a good job for us. It comes down to hitting the ball and making plays when you need to, and we didn't do that."

The Cougars finished 2013 with an overall record of 9-16.

The contest marked the last game at RHS for seniors Weber, Daniel White, Ryan Jackson, Justin Herrera, Jake Scott and Dillon Shelton.

"Those six guys have been a lot of fun to work with," Henderson said. " They've all contributed to this program and we will miss them. I'm looking forward to hearing good things from them in the future. They're not just ballplayers, they're young men who are about to go out and take on the world."

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