Cougars Win in Comeback Over Mohawks
The Rector Cougars are on a baseball winning streak.
Three weeks into the season without a loss puts them at 6-0 overall and 2-0 in conference play.
The Cougars most recently pulled off a 9-8 win over county rival Piggott Friday, March 18, at Rector Memorial Park. "The entire game was in the rain, and I'm proud of the boys," coach Robert Dorman said. "The guys struggled, but never gave up and fought hard; they're unlike any other team I've coached."
Hunter McNeely started off on the mound pitching 1 1/3 innings. He gave up four hits, five runs (four earned), struck out one and walked one.
Danny Hager relieved him, throwing 2 1/3 innings, giving up two hits, two earned runs, two walks and striking out seven.
Sam Westbrook then took the mound, pitching 2 1/3 innings, giving up no hits, striking out four and walking one.
Lawson Ford pitched the bottom of the eighth picking up the win, allowing no hits.
Offensively, Garrett Buck was 2 for 4 with three runs scored. Buck scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth on a wild pitch.
Ford was 1 for 2 with a triple and 3 RBIs. Ford has notched three triples in two games. Hager was 1 for 2.
As a team the Cougars stole 10 bases, making 20 stolen bases in two games.
"I didn't think we played very well at all with it being wet and being the day before spring break," Dorman said. "We had more errors than usual and made mistakes but the boys clawed for this win."
The Cougars blew the competition out of the water, 10-0 against Ridgefield Christian, Thursday, March 17, at the Trumann Sports Complex.
"We had 16 hits and no errors; everybody in the starting lineup had at least one hit," Dorman said.
Brian Hufty started out on the mound and finished on the mound after a short break, getting the win. He gave up two hits, struck out six and walked two. Hager pitched the sixth inning, gave up two hits and struck out three.
Offensively, Westbrook was 2 for 3 with a double and three runs scored. Case Watson was 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs, Hufty was 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs, Ford was 3 for 3 with 2 triples and Kade Scott was 2 for 4. As a team, 10 bases were stolen.
"It started off slow, which I wasn't happy with, but I was happy with the finish," Dorman said. "We struggled hitting the ball early but exploded in the third inning. I'm happiest with our defense; this could be the best defense of any team I've had."
The Cougars pulverized Marked Tree, 12-1, Tuesday, March 15, at Marked Tree Sports Complex.
Westbrook threw a complete game of five innings and picked up the win. He gave up three hits, struck out 10 and walked 8.
"Sam pitched pretty well," Dorman said. "He's still trying to work out a glitch in his delivery because he's walking too many, but he has good patience at the plate."
Offensively, as a team the Cougars had nine hits without errors and six stolen bases, four by Westbrook.
Westbrook was 2 for 2; Ford was 3 for 3 with two doubles and 3 RBIs. Austin Clairday, Hager, Buck and Hufty all had one hit.
The Cougars will be enjoying spring break this week, but are scheduled to visit Corning at the Victory Lake Sports Complex at noon Friday, March 25.