Cougars Pound 'Hounds in Opener
Hard work paid off Tuesday, March 17, for the Rector Cougars when they posted a 13-2 baseball win at home over the Marmaduke Greyhounds. Brian Hufty hit the first homerun of the season, setting the tone for the Cougar victory.
"This was Hufty's first homerun," coach Robert Dorman said, "and he earned it. I haven't been able to get him out of the weight room and batting cages. This won't be his last homerun."
Hufty was 1 for 3, driving in one run for Rector. He also pitched three of the five innings, striking out five batters and giving up no hits.
Dorman said he felt the entire team played very well. "We rounded the bases well. We hit the ball well. All in all it was thanks to the players' hard work."
Danny Hager started off the game on the mound, striking out three batters and giving up one hit in the first inning. Lawson Ford finished out the game on the mound in the fifth inning, striking out one player and giving up only one hit.
Offensively, Ford was 2 for 2, driving in two Rector runs, making him 5 for 5 this season with only two games played. Austin Clairday was 1 for 2 with a single and drove in two runs in on a double in the bottom of the fourth. Hager was 1 for 3. Other batters getting hits for Rector were Garrett Buck, Nick Hardin and Blane Murray.
The Cougars game against East Poinsett County on Thursday was cancelled due to rain. The Cougars are slated to play at noon on Friday, March 27 at Corning. They are also scheduled to play at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 30 at Cross County, and will host Riverside at 4:30 p.m. March 31.