Cougar Softball and Baseball Teams Post Wins

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Lady Cougars posted back-to-back wins in the past week, while the baseball team also notched a conference victory.

The Lady Cougar softball team has stepped-up their game, and posted two consecutive wins.

The Lady Cougars won 7-6 against Marked Tree on Monday, led by Colby Lynch who drove in three runs with two hits.

Tori Hill got three hits, and drove in two more runs, while Brittany Fahr had just a single hit, but drove in the game winning run in the seventh inning.

Lynch pitched all seven innings, striking out eight, and walking two, while giving up four earned runs. "She was plagued by five errors by our defense," Coach Dave Hendrix said.

The Cougars also posted a 9-3 win over Crowley's Ridge Academy Tuesday, March 31.

Lynch pitched the entire game striking out nine, while giving up only three hits and walking three. Lynch, Harmony Brown and Lindsey Shelton all got two hits apiece. Emma Hobbs also had two hits, and drove in four of the Lady Cougar runs. As a team the Rector girls recorded an impressive 12 hits.

"We're hitting the ball decently well, and our pitcher is doing really well, however we have got to work on our plays in the field," Hendrix said. "The bad weather has been making practice harder and making the girls somewhat rusty from game-to-game."

The Lady Cougars are scheduled to play Thursday at Buffalo Island Central. They will return to their home field Monday against East Poinsett County, and Tuesday they're slated to host Cross County.

The Rector Cougars posted a 7-6 baseball win at Marked Tree Thursday, making them 4-1 overall and tied for second in conference.

The Cougars faced Marked Tree all-state pitcher Blake Daniels, and earned six runs on him in the first three innings. "We hit the ball well. It's hard to get hits on an all-state pitcher," coach Robert Dorman said.

Sam Westbrook started out on the mound for Rector, striking out four in three innings. Nick Hardin stepped in for the fourth inning, eventually striking out eight.

In the sixth inning Marked Tree came back and tied the score, but Brian Hufty came to the rescue when he put the ball in play in the seventh, grinding out an RBI, and scoring Lawson Ford for the lead. Nick Hardin came in on the mound and shut Marked Tree down for the win.

Hufty was 1 for 4 with a double, Nick Hardin was 1 for 4 with a double and Danny Hager was 1 for 4 with 3 RBIs. Garrett Buck and Kirk Beshears got one hit each. Beshears was 1 for 3, notching his first senior squad hit.

"We hit the ball really well early in the game against a tough pitcher," Dorman said. "The boys fought hard to never get behind and didn't lose their momentum. Marked Tree is an extremely good team and tough. I'm proud of the boys for pulling a win against such a tough team."

The Rector Cougars are scheduled to play Thursday at Marmaduke, Monday at East Poinsett County and Tuesday the Cougars will host Cross County.

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