Cougar Softball and Baseball Teams In Early Season Play

Thursday, March 15, 2018
Rector's Hunter McNeely delivers to a Hillcrest batter during Monday's home loss.
TD photo/Tim Blair

After winning the first game of the season, the Rector Lady Cougars softball squad has dropped their last three games in a row. The squad, under Coach David Hendrix, began the campaign on March 6, with a double-header at Sloan Hendrix. In the early game the Lady Cougars prevailed 10-3, with the Lady Greyhounds taking the nightcap by a final of 10-9. Two days later the Rector girls visited non-conference Blytheville, and fell 17-8 to the Lady Chicks.

Monday afternoon the Lady Cougars took on the Lady Warriors of EPC, and fell by a final score of 10-0. With the loss they fall to 1-3 overall, and 1-1 in conference play.

The Rector girls are slated to visit the Armorel Lady Tigers in conference play Thursday afternoon, and will then remain idle through spring break. They're scheduled to return to action on Monday, March 26, with a home conference game with Hillcrest.

The Rector Cougars got off to a good start in their baseball campaign, as the boys in blue jumped to a record of 3-1 and 3-0 in conference play. Tuesday afternoon they dropped their first conference game of the year, as Hillcrest came from behind to edge the Cougars 11-6.

Beginning yet another season under Coach Robert Dorman, the Cougars began the quest to return to postseason play against Cross County on Friday, March 2, and cruised to a 13-2 win. Combining to pitch the win were Hunter McNeely and Nic Mesa while Zephyr Tinsley had a big day at the plate.

On Monday, March 5, the squad made the trip to Imboden to take on Sloan-Hendrix in conference play and brought home a 5-4 decision. Kirk Beshears got the start on the mound, striking out five as he worked three and two-thirds innings and got the win. Tinsley drove in a pair of runs, while Evan Dooley had a solo home run in the win.

On Thursday, March 8, the Cougars traveled to Paragould to take on the Falcons of CRA and rolled to a 15-0 win. The following day they made the trip to Lake City for a non-conference game with Riverside, and fell 9-1 to the potent Rebels as the host team plated six in the home half of the first.

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