Cougars Battling Through Late Season

Thursday, April 7, 2016
Brian Hufty in action against Buffalo Island Central.(TD photo/Jessica Rainwater)

The Rector senior baseball team has been through a rough week of ups and downs--winning some and losing some. The Cougars now stand 9-4 overall and 3-1 in conference.

Rector played Buffalo Island Central at home Monday night losing 12-7. "It was combination of not throwing many strikes and not playing good defense," Coach Robert Dorman said. "This was a big conference game for second against a very young, but talented and well coached team."

Sam Westbrook started on the mound pitching three and two-third innings. He gave up three hits, five runs, walked four and hit a batter.

"Westbrook had one of those days where nothing was working and you'll have that," Dorman said. "I was proud of how well he went from pitching to focusing on offense."

Danny Hager came in as relief pitching four and one-third innings. He gave up four hits, two runs, walked one and struck out four.

"Hager did a good job of coming in and holding them where they were, which gave us a chance to make a comeback," Dorman said.

Lawson Ford came in and pitched two innings, giving up one hit and striking out two.

The Cougars were down five runs in the third and managed to get three runs across before being shutdown. Again in the seventh the Cougars fought back, plating seven more runs, but it was too-little-too-late and they couldn't recover.

Offensively the team got eight hits with Garrett Buck being the only player to get more than one as he was 2 for 3.

"We just couldn't string the hits together," Dorman said. "Early in the season we were consistent, but we've lost that. When one part of our game is going well, another is struggling and we need to find a way to get back to being consistent and we will."

The Cougars travelled to Westside where they battled the Warriors and came out on top 3-2.

"I thought we bounced back from our loss at EPC very well," Dorman said. "We played well, hit the ball well. We were down 2-1 in the seventh, but managed to scratch two runs across and worked a bunch of great pitchers."

Westbrook started on the mound throwing two and two-thirds innings. He gave up three hits, one run and struck out four.

Hager relieved him and threw one and two-thirds innings, giving up no hits, one run, two walks and throwing three strike outs.

Ford picked up the win pitching two and two-third innings, giving up no hits, no runs, walking one and striking out two.

"They all pitched well and defensively we played extremely well," Dorman said. Offensively, Hager was 2 for 3 with a RBI and Hunter McNeely was 1 for 2.

"Westside is a really good team and won seven games in a row coming into this game," Doran said. "I was really proud of the guys."

The Cougars hosted Riverside Tuesday, Mar. 29, losing the conference game by a final of 10-0.

"We just didn't play well in all facets of the game. We didn't hit well, pitch well," Dorman said. "I was disappointed with how we played. This was the biggest conference game of the year for first."

McNeely started on the mound and Brian Hufty came in as relief, but five hits as a team left the Cougars flailing.

The Cougars took on the Marmaduke Greyhounds Tuesday afternoon at Rector and the results will be in next week's edition of the CCTD. The Lady Cougars were rained-out in all their games last week, but they were also scheduled to take on the Greyhounds Tuesday.

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