Baseball Cougars Take Three of Four on Week
The Rector Cougar baseball squad won three of four last week. The boys in blue beat Cross County on the road on Tuesday, swept a home double header with Maynard on Thursday and then dropped a non-conference game at Piggott Friday afternoon. The squad was slated to take on Ridgefield Christian Tuesday afternoon, although final score and stats were not available as of press time.
The Cougars made the trip to Cross County on Tuesday, April 11, and despite rainy conditions beat the Thunderbirds 10-3. Cody Ails got the start on the mound, and notched the win, as he worked three and two-thirds innings, giving up two hits and one earned run while walking two and striking out four. Case Watson came on in relief to pitch the final three and a third innings, striking out five and walking two while giving up two runs, one earned, on two hits.
“A win is a win, but we played very sloppy in those rainy conditions,” Cougar Head Coach Robert Dorman said of the contest. “It rained on us the entire game but that's no excuse for our offense.”
At the plate the Cougars struggled, led by Easton Tracy with a 2 for 3 day with two runs scored, two RBI and a pair of stolen bases. Meanwhile Nic Mesa was 1 for 4 with a pair of runs scored and a pair of RBI and Sam Simmons was also 1 for 4 with a run scored and three stolen bases.
“We left out bats at home it seemed. You can't tell by the score but we struggled all game long offensively,” Dorman added. “We popped-up more balls in this one game than we have all year it seemed.”
On the bright side, the Cougar head man pointed to pitching as key to preserving the win.
“Cody and Case did a tremendous job on the mound in those tough conditions,” he surmised.
Thursday afternoon the Cougars hosted the Maynard Tigers and swept a pair, beating the visitors in five innings in the first game and 16-1 in the nightcap.
Mesa got the start, and the win, in the first game of the twin-set, working four innings to complete the game. He struck out 10 of the Tigers, walked six and gave up three hits and one earned run. At the plate, Watson was 2 for 3 with a triple, two runs scored and two RBI; Kirk Beshears was 2 for 3 with a run scored, a double and three RBI and Hunter McNeely went 2 for 2 with two stolen bases, three RBI and three walks on the game.
In the second game of the day, the RHS squad jumped on Maynard early and pounded the Tigers 16-1 in just three innings. Leading the way was Evan Dooley with a 2 for 3 day with a run scored, while Mesa was also 2 for 3 with a triple, two runs scored and two RBI. Beshears was 2 for 2 with three runs scored, one RBI and a walk; Conley Lockhart was also 2 for 2 with a double, a run scored, an RBI and a walk, while Ails went 1 for 2 with two runs scored, three RBI and a walk and Conly Lockhart was 2 for 2 with a double, a run scored, an RBI and a walk.
Beshears got the start, and the win, over Maynard as he worked the three inning complete game. Striking out four, and walking none, he limited the Tigers to two hits and one earned run in notching the victory.
The Cougars made the short trip to Piggott last Friday, April 21, and dropped a 5-2 loss to the Mohawks. Hunter McNeely got the start, and took the loss, on the mound as he worked all six innings. He gave up two hits, one earned run, walked none and struck out four of the Piggott batters.
On the game the Cougars were paced at the plate by Watson and Beshears, as each went 1for 3 and scored a run in the loss.
“Piggott played a solid game and best us,” Dorman noted. “I saw some good things this week, but I also saw some disappointing things. We continue to make the same mistakes defensively and I will take the blame for that. We continue to struggle against good pitching and we have to get better.”
As the season begins to wind-down, Dorman notes he is confident things will improve.
“Thankfully we still have some time, but not much,” he observed. “We must improve defensively and offensively if we want to make a return trip to the state tournament.”
Weather permitting, the Cougars were scheduled to host Bay on Thursday, and will visit Marked Tree next Monday, April 24.