Local Baseball Round-Up

Thursday, April 17, 2014
Josh Loveless in recent action for the Cougars.

Spring weather continues to impact the baseball and softball seasons, although the RHS and PHS baseball squads did get games in recently. Here is a wrap-up, while the softball teams are just getting back into action due to field conditions.

The Piggott Mohawks continue to battle weather conditions, but did get a pair of doubleheaders in the books the past two weeks. The Tribe traveled to Corning back on March 31 and dropped a pair of games, then after more than a week off due to the weather, split a set at Osceola.

The Mohawks were scheduled to visit Rivercrest Tuesday afternoon, and visit the Manila Lions at Thursday, as the regular season begins to wind down and postseason play draws near.

Corning

The Tribe dropped a pair to their cross county rivals from Corning, losing the first game 8-0 and dropping the nightcap by a final of 21-7.

In the early game Trace Stallings got the start and took the loss, with Austin Murray coming on late for relief. Leading the offense for the Tribe was Andrew Roberts with two hits on the game as the Mohawks were shut-out by the Bobcats.

In the second game Mason Rahn got the start for the Tribe and took the loss, while Garrett Cook had a good game at the plate, driving in four of the Mohawks seven RBI on the contest.

Osceola

The Mohawks visited the Seminole on Thursday, April 10 and split a pair of conference games.

The Tribe got a good pitching performance from Rahn in game one, as they took the contest 6-4. Rahn fanned nine on the game, while offensively Murray was 3 for 4 and Alex Treat had an RBI double in the win.

In game two, a 2 for 4 performance at the plate by Treat was spoiled as Osceola scratched out a 7-6 win. Murray got the start on the mound, with Celeston Haywood coming on late. Murray and Roberts were also 1 for 3 on the game, while Stallings also got a hit and Cook smacked a pinch-hit RBI double.

The Mohawks were scheduled to travel to Rivercrest Tuesday afternoon, April 15, but final results were not available as of press time. They'll be back on the road later in the week, as they are slated to visit the Manila Lions this Thursday, April 17. Further schedule updates will be posted to the Mohawk Bullpen Club Facebook page, and as available at cctimesdemocrat.com

Meanwhile, The Cougars dropped a tough loss on the diamond Thursday at Lepanto, falling to East Poinsett County, 11-8.

The Cougars trailed by just one run, 7-6, heading into the sixth inning, but the hosting Warriors struck with four runs in the bottom of the sixth to secure the win. It came down to execution down the stretch, with miscues hurting Rector with the game on the line.

"They scored four big runs in the sixth," head coach Nate Henderson said. "That cost us. It was a one-run game, and we let it slip away. We dropped some fly balls; we didn't make pitches when we needed and we didn't make plays in the field when we needed to."

The Cougars did perform well at the plate, though, led by Lawson Ford and Blane Murray. Ford finished the day with three hits and two RBIs. Murray notched a pair of hits with two RBIs. Garrett Buck, Alec Scott, Josh Loveless, Brice Westbrook and Nick Hardin secured a hit each for the Cougars, as well.

"We hit the ball well," Henderson said. "We hit the ball well enough to win. When you score eight runs, you expect to win the game, and most of the time you will."

The Cougars are slated to host Riverside beginning at 4 p.m. Thursday. RHS is scheduled to host Paragould beginning at 4 p.m. April 24.

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