Cougars Pound Warriors, Battle Weather

Thursday, March 16, 2017
The 2017 Rector High School Cougar baseball team.(courtesy photo)

Rector's Hunter McNeely had a big game last Thursday afternoon, as the Cougars traveled to Jonesboro and pounded Ridgefield Christian 12-0 in high school baseball. McNeely pitched the shut-out, and added 4 RBI, in the game played at Joe Mack Campbell Park.

"Ridgefield gave us fits last year, so I told our team to go in and go after it hard," Cougar Coach Robert Dorman said of the dominate win. "They came out and played very well."

In addition to the big day at the plate for McNeely, Sam Simmons was 2 for 3 with a double and 3 RBI, Kirk Beshears was 2 for 4 and drove in 2 runs, Easton Tracy was 2 for 3 on the game and Evan Dooley was 2 for 2 at the plate with a double and an RBI in the win.

McNeely worked 5 innings to get the win for Rector, striking out 12 of the Warriors and walking one, as RC was only able to scatter 5 hits.

"We pitched well, hit well and had zero errors. You are going to win a lot of games when you do that," Dorman surmised. " I was proud of our team's effort."

With the win the Cougars move to 2-1 on the young season, and 1-0 in conference play. The win over the Warriors was also key to the district tournament seeding, as the Cougars will be playing two games against RC and two against Maynard which will help determine how they fare in the postseason tourney.

The squad was scheduled to visit Bay Monday afternoon but that game was called due to the weather, and were slated to travel to Imboden on Tuesday to take on Sloan-Hendrix, although results were not available as of press time.

The Cougars are scheduled to play Friday at Maynard, and are slated to play at Bay Saturday with a game against Hillcrest at 9 a.m. and a contest with Mammoth Spring at 11. Afterward, they'll enjoy spring break until the March 24 contest at Corning.

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