Rector Teams Set for District
Both the Rector Cougar baseball and softball teams are scheduled to be in action today, Thursday, April 27, in district tourney play at Bay.
The baseball Cougars will taken on Armorel in the semi-finals at 11 a.m. with Bay and Ridgefield Christian playing in the other semi starting at 9. The losers will meet in the third-fourth place seeding game at 1 p.m. with the championship game between the winners scheduled for 3.
The Lady Cougars await the winner of this morning's Bay-CRA contest, and will play them in the semi-finals this afternoon. The other semi features Armorel and Maynard. The losers will meet in the third-fourth place seeding game at 1:30 p.m. followed by the championship game between the winners at 3.
The Rector Cougars split a pair of games in the past week, dropping a 12-9 decision to the Bay Yellowjackets then later beating Marked Tree. The squad was slated to visit Gideon (Mo.) Tuesday afternoon in the season finale', although the final score and other stats were not available as of press time. The Cougars will next appear in their district tournament, with play set to begin Friday.
The Cougars took on Bay at Williams Baptist College last Wednesday, April 19, and fell by three runs to the Yellowjackets.
Neither team scored in the first inning of play, with the Cougars erupting for five runs in the top of the second. In the bottom of the inning the Yellowjackets responded with six runs of their own, as they took a 6-5 lead into the third.
The Rector squad failed to score in the top of the third, and allowed three more runs in the home half of the inning to make it 9-5 Bay after three. The Cougars also went quietly in the fourth and fifth, while the Yellowjackets added three more runs to take a 12-5 advantage into the sixth.
Holding their conference foes at bey, the boys in blue scored another run in the sixth, and three more in the seventh, but came up just short.
Nic Mesa got the start, with relief from Hunter McNeely and Cody Ails.
Monday afternoon the Cougars visited Marked Tree and pounded the Indians 11-1, although complete details and other stats were not available as of press time. With the win they extend their season record to 12-10 overall.
The Rector Lady Cougars swept a pair from the Lady Tigers of Maynard recently, then dropped a non-conference game to Blytheville last week. They were scheduled to take on EPC Tuesday afternoon, although the final score and stats were not available as of press time.
The Cougars swept Maynard in high school softball action on Thursday, April 13, beating the Lady Tigers 8-3 in the first game and 14-4 in the nightcap.
In the first game the Cougars scattered a handful of hits, with Maddie Hobbs getting two singles and driving in two runs, while Colbie Robinson had a triple, Emma Hobbs had a double and a single and Sawyer Hendrix, Mylesa Gant, Matison Dean and Shianne Rients all had hits to their credit.
Hobbs also got the start in the circle, and notched another win, as she gave up just two hits, while striking out three and walking just one Maynard batter.
In the second game Hobbs also got the start, and notched a four-hit win while striking out four Lady Tigers and walking just one.
Providing the firepower at the plate in the second game was Emma Hobbs, with a double and a triple and two RBI, while Hendrix had a single and a triple and drove-in two more runs for the Lady Cougars. Meanwhile, Dean had a single and a double, Gant and Maddie Hobbs both had doubles, Hayleigh Ellis had three singles, Shianne Rients and Robinson had two singles each and Mykala Rients had a single in the win.
Thursday afternoon the Lady Cougars hosted Blytheville and dropped a 7-4 non-conference game to the Lady Chicks. Tuesday they wrapped up the regular season with a loss to EPC.
Against the Lady Chicks, neither team scored in the first inning of play, and Blytheville went quietly in the top of the second as well. In the home half of the inning the Lady Cougars scored their first run, as they took a 1-0 lead into the third.
In the top of the third the Lady Chicks responded with three runs to take a 3-1 lead, with the Lady Cougars adding another tally in the home half of the frame to make it 3-2 after three.
The visitors added another run in the top of the fourth, extending their lead to 4-2, and the score stood until the home half of the sixth. In the bottom of the inning the Lady Cougars plated another run to cut the lead to 4-3 going into the seventh.
But, in the top of the inning the Lady Chicks erupted for three more runs to make it 7-3. In the bottom of the inning the Rector girls responded with a run of their own, as the 7-4 final was set.
The final in the EPC contest was 5-4.