Cougar Softball and Baseball Teams See Action

Thursday, April 10, 2014
Freshman Case Watson takes a cut at the plate during recent Cougar baseball action

The Cougars dropped a tough conference loss on the road at McCrory Monday, falling to the hosting Jaguars, 5-1, in 2A-3 conference action.

Rector received a strong outing by junior hurler Nick Hardin on the afternoon, but costly defensive errors and a lack of run support stunted the effort. Hardin allowed just four hits and two earned runs while striking out nine and walking three.

"Nick Hardin threw really well," head coach Nate Henderson said. "He threw well enough to win, we just made some errors and mistakes out there that cost us the game."

Rector had four hits on the day, two of which came off the bat of Brian Hufty. Garrett Buck and Lawson Ford added a hit each for the Cougars, who fell to 3-4 in conference play and 4-6 overall with the loss.

"We're struggling with our consistency some right now, but I think we can turn that around," Henderson said. "Right now, we're just hoping to get more time on the field. I think that's one of the biggest problem any team faces this time of year. That's how you build that consistency that we've been missing. We've got a pretty good group here, but it's a matter of putting it all together right now."

The Cougars were slated to host Marmaduke Tuesday before welcoming East Poinsett County to Rector beginning at 4 p.m. Thursday. The Cougars are slated to visit Monette at 4 p.m. Monday to face BIC.

The Lady Cougars fell to 2-4 overall and 1-4 in 2A-3 league softball play with a rough outing Monday at McCrory, falling 18-3 in four innings.

Cheyenne Ellis, Johnna Lopez, Courtney Shepard and Tori Hill each had a hit for Rector, but the blue ladies were left unable to get much going in terms of offensive momentum as a whole.

Lopez took the loss in two innings with Colby Lynch working in the circle for the final two innings of play.

Rector came off a tough 11-1 loss to BIC Monday, March 31 at Monette.

Rector trailed 5-1 heading into the sixth inning, but the Lady Mustangs exploded for a six-run sixth to end the contest an inning early.

"It seems like one inning in every game has got us in these last few games," RHS head coach Lewis Earnest said. "We'll be right there in it down the stretch and then the other team will have a big inning and put us away. We've got to stay focused and hopefully we can make it through this turbulence and get back to winning."

Kendal Gunn, Lindsey Ford, Lopez and Shepard each had a hit for the Lady Cougars.

The Lady Cougars posted an 11-8 victory over East Poinsett County Friday, March 28.

Gunn led the Rector hit parade, finishing 5-5 at the plate with a pair of doubles and two RBIs. Shepard and Lopez went 3-5 each, while Hill and Ellis finished 2-4.

Lopez and Lynch worked the mound for the Lady Cougars, earning the win and save, respectively.

"I'm proud of our two pitchers, Johnna and Colby, for how they've stepped up," Earnest said. "It's not been easy for them, with neither one of them pitched at the high school level before this season. It gets tricky at times, but they've both hung in there."

The Lady Cougars were rained out Tuesday, and will return to action next week. RHS is set to visit rival Marmaduke beginning at 3:30 p.m. Monday. The girls will host Riverside for a make-up contest beginning at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 16.

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