Cougar Softball and Baseball Update
The Lady Cougars were eliminated from the district softball tournament Friday in an 18-9 loss to Riverside.
Rector finished the season 10-7 overall and 8-6 in conference.
The team had 10 hits altogether. Colby Lynch led the team, going 3 for 4 with 2 RBIs, Tori Hill was 2 for 3, Brittany Fair was 3 for 4 and Emma Hobbs was 2 for 4.
"We didn't play our best in this game, but you have to give Riverside credit, they are a good team," RHS coach Robert Hendrix said.
Hendrix said he is looking forward to the next softball season. "We have six starters coming back and the future looks bright." The three seniors that are graduating, Brittany Fair, Lindsey Shelton and Harmony Brown, will be missed, he added.
Meanwhile, The Rector Cougars lost 7-5 to East Poinsett County on Friday, ending the 2A-3 district baseball tournament in the semifinals.
Sam Westbrook led with a single, and Lawson Ford hit a double, knocking Westbrook in for the first run of the game for the Cougars in the top of the first.
Blane Murray led the third with a single and moved to third base on two consecutive ground outs. Garrett Buck drilled a single up the middle, driving Murray in and putting Rector in the lead 2-1.
In the fifth Nick Hardin, who had been pitching a strong game, lost momentum and gave EPC several walks. By the bottom of the sixth EPC was up 6-2, and in the top of the seventh added another run bringing the score to 7-2.
In the bottom of the seventh RHS pushed three runs across home plate trying to catch up. Buck hit a single driving in two. But the Cougar comeback fell short and EPC moved on to the championship game, where they lost to Riverside.
"Really, we outhit them 9-4," said Cougar coach Robert Dorman. "It was just a fluky deal. We didn't make many mistakes, and most of their runs were walks."
The Cougars begin the first round of the regional tournament at Tuckerman against the Bulldogs at 5:30 p.m. Friday. If they win, their next game will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday against the winner of Riverside vs. Midland. The winner of that game will play at 2:30 p.m. Monday for the championship, and the loser will play for third place at noon Monday.
If the Cougars win their first game in the regional tournament, they will qualify for the state tournament the following week at Marked Tree and Lepanto.
"Tuckerman is a tough team and they've been getting hot at all the right moments," Dorman said.