Cougars Post Walk-Off Win over EPC

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Cougar Blane Murray gets a warm reception from assistant coach Robert Dorman and his teammates following his walk-off RBI double against EPC

Junior Blane Murray came through in the clutch for the Cougars last week, coming up with a game-winning RBI in walk-off fashion against East Poinsett County in Rector on Tuesday, April 23. Murray, called on to pinch hit in the bottom of the ninth, broke a 3-3 tie with a double down the third base line. Murray's hit drove home junior Nick Hardin, who singled to start the inning. Murray's hit hugged the line perfectly, avoiding the EPC defense. Teammates and coaches met Murray on the field, celebrating the fantastic moment.

"That was a big hit, and I'm happy for Blane," RHS head coach Nate Henderson said. "He has started some games for us this season, and he's one of those kids who when he's not in the lineup, he does everything he can to support the team and not complain."

The Cougars entered the seventh inning with a 2-1 advantage, but EPC came back to tie the contest in the top of the seventh before taking a 3-2 lead in the top of the eighth.

Rector tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the eighth on an RBI single to center field by sophomore Garrett Buck. Buck's hit brought home Bam Westbrook, who began the inning with a double.

Adam Dinkins picked up the win on the mound, working the ninth inning with one hit, one walk and a strikeout. Hardin worked eight strong innings for the Cougars, allowing two runs on five hits with seven strikeouts.

The win improved the Cougars to 8-8 overall and 6-8 in conference 2A-3.

Rector hosted Corning Tuesday in its final regular season contest. The game served as an opportunity to highlight the club's three seniors, Josh Loveless, Adam Dinkins and Alec Scott.

The Cougars will be the sixth seed in the 2A-3 District Tournament, set to begin today (Wednesday) at EPC in Lepanto. Rector will face rival Marmaduke beginning at 4 p.m. The winner will advance to play Riverside at 4 p.m. Thursday with a chance to advance to next week's regional tournament, also at EPC, on the line.

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