Cougar Baseball Season Ends at Regional Tourney
The Rector Cougar baseball squad took on Hillcrest Saturday afternoon in the first round of regional play at Izard County Consolidated, and fell to the Screamin' Eagles for the third time this season. Tyson Durham fanned 13 Cougars, while getting the complete game shut-out win, as Hillcrest won the game 5-0, advanced and moved to 23-5 on the season.
Hunter McNeely got the start for the boys in blue, as he made his final appearance for the Cougars. The senior righthander had a strong start, striking out nine while working to all but the final two batters. Nic Mesa came on in relief, working the final two-thirds, but didn't figure in the decision.
Hillcrest scored a run in the top of the second, added another in the top of the third, but went down scoreless in the fourth and fifth. They added two more in the sixth, and another in the seventh, to set the final score.
With the loss the Cougars end their season at 11-8 overall, with the regional appearance to their credit. The Screamin' Eagles advanced to the regional semi-finals, and a contest with Viola, while also earning a spot in this week's state tournament at Mountain Home.