Baseball Cougars Split Rivalry Games

Thursday, March 29, 2018
The 2018 Rector Cougar baseball squad includes, from left: Front-Tabor Trail, Joseph Baker, Landon McClung, Christopher Hufty, Frank Herrera, Dillon Mobley and Travis Slaughter. Back-Zephyer Tinsley, Conly Lockhart, Nic Mesa, Sam Simmons, Hunter Householder, Evan Dooley and Hunter McNeely. Not pictured is Kirk Beshears.
TD photo/Tim Blair

The Rector Cougars visited their two county rivals late last week, dropping non-conference games at Piggott and Corning. On Monday they rebounded with a run-rule 10-0 win over Marmaduke at the Rector Sports Complex. Weather permitting, they'll take on Ridgefield Christian on Thursday.

The boys in blue made the short trip to Piggott on Thursday, March 22, to take on the Mohawks and fell by a final score of 11-3. (see additional story this page) Nic Mesa got the start for the Cougars, and took the loss, with relief from Evan Dooley. Mesa pitched four innings, giving up nine runs on five hits while striking out two and walking six Mohawks. He also hit one Piggott batter.

Dooley came on to pitch the final two innings, giving up two runs on four hits while walking two and hitting another Mohawk batter.

Cougar assistant coach Chris Richardson watches as Evan Dooley takes the turn at first base in recent home action against Hillcrest.
TD photo/Tim Blair

Mesa also scored one of the Cougar runs, afer drawing a walk. The other two runs were scored by Frank Herrera, including one after being hit by a pitch.

Piggott lead-off man Quentin Reeves walked four times, and was hit by a pitch, as he reached base in all five plate appearances. Mohawk Trey Gossett had a pair of hits, a pair of RBI and scored two runs in the win.

The following day the Cougars traveled to Corning to take on the Bobcats, with Hunter McNeely getting the start. The two teams played scoreless through an inning and a half, with the Bobcats plating seven runs in the home half of the second to put the game out of reach. The Cougars went quietly in the top of the third, with the hosts adding two more runs in the home half of the frame to make it 9-0. After a scoreless fourth, the Bobcats added two more in the bottom of the fifth inning to set the final score.

McNeely took the loss, giving up the 10 runs on 13 hits, while Corning's Beau Young earned the win with the two-hit shutout.

Monday afternoon the Cougars returned to the friendly confines of the RASC and beat their neighbors from the south 10-0, as they shut out Marmaduke in non-conference play. The Cougars scored two runs in the first, two more in the second, four in the third and another pair in the home half of the fifth to set the final score. Mesa once again got the start for the Cougars, and earned the win as he made a strong showing against the Greyhounds.

The Cougars now stand at 5-4 on the season, and 4-1 in conference play. In addition to Thursday's scheduled game with Ridgefield Christian they're slated to take on Viola on Friday.

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