Cougar Squads in Action

Thursday, April 14, 2016
Rector's Tori Hill applies the tag to Marked Tree's Tiana Morris for an out on a stolen base attempt during high school softball action this past Thursday in Marked Tree. (TD Photo/Anthony Cossey)

After struggling for a week, the Rector Cougars pulled their game together and got back on a roll as they move on in conference play. Last week they posted a conference win over Cross County, but on Monday they fell in non-conference action at Armorel.

Cross County

The Cougars traveled to Wynne on Friday, April 8, where they took on the Cross County Thunderbirds, winning 14-0.

"I thought this was one of the better games we've played overall," coach Robert Dorman said. "Cross County had momentum coming out after three straight wins. Offensively, we hit the ball really well and drove the ball with authority. I hope we keep this up as we go into a big conference game with EPC Thursday."

On the mound Danny Hager threw a five-inning no hitter with one walk and five strikeouts. "Hager's curve ball threw Cross County hitters off balance," Dorman said. "I can only remember one solid hit."

Offensively, Austin Clairday was 2 for 3 and stole three bases -- as a team, eight bases were stolen. Hunter McNeely was 2 for 3 with a RBI. Lawson Ford was 2 for 4 with a double and 2 RBIs. Brian Hufty was 1 for 1 with a homerun and 2 RBIs. Case Watson was 2 for 3 with 3 RBIs.

Marmaduke

The Cougars pounded the Marmaduke Greyhounds in a doubleheader Tuesday, April 5, at Rector Memorial Park, winning the first game, 25-4, and the second, 20-5.

In the first game, Sam Simmons started on the mound, pitching three innings. He gave up three runs and two walks. He struck out one and allowed no hits. Case Watson came in as relief, pitching the last two innings. He gave up one unearned run on three hits, and struck out four.

Offensively, Sam Westbrook was 2 for 3 with 3 RBIs. Hager was 2 for 4. McNeely was 2 for 3. Kade Scott was 2 for 2 with 2 RBIs. Watson was 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs.

In the second game, Kirk Beshears threw a complete five-inning game, giving up one unearned run on five hits, one walk and striking out seven.

Offensively, the Cougars had 11 hits as a team. Hunter Householder was 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs. Beshears was 2 for 4 with 4 RBIs. Evan Dooley was 3 for 5 with 3 RBIs and Dalton Murray was 1 for 1.

Armorel

The Cougars travelled to Armorel Monday where they lost 13-11. They know stand 13-4 overall and 7-2 in conference.

Lawson Ford started on the mound pitching four and one-third innings. He gave up four hits, five earned runs, walked seven and struck out two. Hunter McNeely came in as relief pitching one inning. He gave up one hit, one earned run and struck out two. Westbrook came in for the last two-thirds of the seventh inning giving up no hits.

Offensively, Westbrook was 3 for 3. Garrett Buck was 2 for 5 with a double and 3 RBI's. Ford was 2 for 4 with a double and 3 RBI's. Kade Scott was 2 for 4.

"Armorel is a good team. They've gone to 1A state tourney the last six or seven years," said Coach Robert Dorman. "We beat them early in the season, but we didn't execute plays well or throw enough strikes. I'm really happy with offense. We outhit them 12-5 but walks and mistakes haunted us."

The Cougars travelled to Armorel Monday where they lost 13-11. They know stand 13-4 overall and 7-2 in conference.

Lawson Ford started on the mound pitching four and one-third innings. He gave up four hits, five earned runs, walked seven and struck out two. Hunter McNeely came in as relief pitching one inning. He gave up one hit, one earned run and struck out two. Westbrook came in for the last two-thirds of the seventh inning giving up no hits.

Offensively, Westbrook was 3 for 3. Garrett Buck was 2 for 5 with a double and 3 RBI's. Ford was 2 for 4 with a double and 3 RBI's. Kade Scott was 2 for 4.

"Armorel is a good team. They've gone to 1A state tourney the last six or seven years," said Coach Robert Dorman. "We beat them early in the season, but we didn't execute plays well or throw enough strikes. I'm really happy with offense. We outhit them 12-5 but walks and mistakes haunted us."

The Cougars played Maynard Tuesday afternoon at Rector. Results will be in next week's print and online edition of the CCTD.

Lady Cougars

Rector could muster only three hits off Marked Tree's Harley Daniels as the Lady Cougars lost 2-0 in a 2A-3 contest this past Thursday in Marked Tree. Earlier in the week they dropped a pair to league-leading Marmaduke.

Marked Tree

Tori Hill struck out for Rector to open the game before Sophie Adams was hit by a pitch. Colby Lynch flew out as Emma Hobbs walked putting runners on first and second for the Lady Cougars. Mylesa Gant grounded out to leave the runners stranded. Ally Byers led off for Marked Tree and reached on an error before stealing second base. Brittany Pharis grounded out moving Byers to third as Daniels helped her own cause with a single that plated Byers for a 1-0 Lady Indians' lead. Madison Carroll struck out and Kayli Walker grounded out to end the inning. Maddie Hobbs lined out to second for the Lady Cougars' first out in the top of the second inning before Sawyer Hendrix and Colbi Robinson had back to back singles. Dominique Coln was caught looking on a strikeout and Hill flew out as Rector left two more runners on base. Bailey Dunn reached on an error for Marked Tree in the bottom of the second inning and went to second on a ground out by Taylor Hannah. Dunn took third on a passed ball and scored on a single by Tiana Morris to make it 2-0 Lady Indians. Cam Willoughby reached on a fielder's choice that forced Morris out at second and moved to third on a single by Byers and a Rector error. Pharis popped out to end the second inning with the score 2-0 Marked Tree.

Rector went three up three down in the top of the third inning as Adams popped out with Lynch and Emma Hobbs both flying out. Daniels struck out and Carroll popped out before Walker was hit by a pitch for Marked Tree in the bottom half of the third. Dunn grounded out ending the inning with the Lady Indians still up 2-0. Gant grounded out for Rector to start the fourth inning before the Lady Cougars got two runners on as Maddie Hobbs and Hendrix both reached on Marked Tree errors. The runners were left stranded when Robinson popped out and Coln grounded out ending the scoring threat. Marked Tree went three up and three down as Hannah struck out, Morris singled before being caught stealing and Willoughby popped out to leave the score 2-0 Lady Indians after four.

The Lady Cougars went down in order in the top of the fifth as Hill struck out, Adams flew out and Lynch struck out keeping the score 2-0 Marked Tree. Byers and Pharis both grounded out for the Lady Indians in the bottom half of the inning before Daniels singled and Carroll doubled putting runners on second and third. Walker lined out to end the fifth inning. Both teams went three up and three down in the sixth as Emma Hobbs, Gant and Maddie Hobbs all grounded out in Rector's half of the inning before Dunn and Hannah grounded out and Morris lined out in Marked Tree's half to keep the score 2-0 Lady Indians.

Hendrix struck out looking to start the seventh inning for the Lady Cougars before Robinson flew out. Shi Reints singled and went to second on a wild pitch only to be left on base as Hill grounded out to end the game with Marked Tree taking the victory 2-0.

Maddie Hobbs took the loss for Rector giving up two runs on six hits with no walks and three strikeouts. Hendrix, Robinson and Reints each had a hit for the Lady Cougars.

Daniels got the win for the Lady Indians allowing three hits. She walked one, struck out five and hit one batter. Daniels collected two hits on the day and added a RBI. Morris finished with two hits and scored a run, as Byers had a hit, a run scored and a stolen base, Carroll had a hit and Dunn had a run scored.

Marmaduke

The Rector Lady Cougars lost to Marmaduke last Tuesday in a doubleheader, 12-2 and 4-0.

In the first game Maddie Hobbs was on the mound. She gave up five hits, walked six, struck out two and hit four batters. There were five errors in the field.

Offensively, Colby Lynch got two hits and scored two runs. Mylesa Gant also had two hits and two RBIs. There were five hits as a team.

In the second game Lynch pitched. She gave up four hits, struck out two, walked one and hit two batters. Colbi Robinson got the lone hit.

"Marmaduke's a really good team," coach Dave Hendrix said. "I thought we came out and played really well. Marmaduke puts a lot of pressure on with their speed."

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