Lady Cougars Take Two, Baseball Squad Falls

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Brittany Fair tosses a grounder to Lindsey Ford for the out at first base

The Cougar teams split in the last week, with the softball team notching two wins and the baseball squad dropping one in conference.

The Lady Cougars notched two wins at Monday, rolling over the visiting Lady Thunderbirds of Cross County in doubleheader action.

The Rector bats spoke loudly on the afternoon, as the Lady Cougars outscored Cross County 25-2 in the twinbill.

In the nightcap, the Lady Cougars ran out to a 10-2 victory behind an onslaught of offense behind left fielder Courtney Shepard. Shepard led the Rector hit parade in the second contest, driving in four runs on a 3-3 performance with a triple and two doubles. Kendal Gunn finished 2-3 with two RBIs on a solid outing. Also hitting for Rector were Johnna Lopez 1-2 with an RBI, Lindsey Ford 1-2 with an RBI, Lenae Haley 1-1 with two walks, Cheyenne Ellis 1-2 and Colby Lynch 1-2.

Lynch worked all five innings in the win, allowing 4 hits while walking six and striking out four.

The Lady Cougars started the afternoon with a 15-0 drumming of Cross County in the first half of the doubleheader.

Each Lady Cougar notched at least two hits in the victory. Brittany Fair finished with three hits, including a two-run homer over the fence in right-center. Shepard had three triples in the game, plating four runs in the process. Haley, Gunn, Ford, Lopez and Ellis each drove in a run in the victory.

The dominant showing comes as the Lady Cougars are beginning to eye the district tournament, set to begin April 30 at East Poinsett County.

"We needed those," head coach Lewis Earnest said of the victories. "We hit the ball well throughout the lineup and limited our mistakes in the field. Hopefully, we can build some momentum from this and go on a run. If we limit our mistakes and make the other team's batters put the ball in play, I feel like we can play with just about anyone. "

Meanwhile, the baseball Cougars dropped a tough contest to conference rival Riverside Thursday, falling 8-0.

Errors hurt the boys in blue on the afternoon, as Riverside took advantage of mistakes in the field to secure five unearned runs.

"We were just plagued with miscues in the field," RHS head coach Nate Henderson said. "We can't give up unearned runs like that and stay in many games."

Nick Hardin took the loss for the Cougars, despite a solid outing on the bump. Hardin allowed three earned runs on six hits with a walk and seven strikeouts in five innings of work.

"Nick Hardin threw a pretty good game for us, but we just couldn't take care of business in the field."

The Cougars were set to host EPC Tuesday in makeup action at Rector. Rector is set to begin district tournament action April 30 at EPC in Lepanto.

The Cougars are now 5-8 in conference 2A-3 play and 7-8 overall.

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