Cougars Roll Into Spring Break with Wins

Thursday, March 21, 2019
Cougar first baseman Travis Slaughter, and second baseman Connor Austin, in recent home action at the Rector Sports Complex.
TD photo/Tim Blair

Lady Cougars

After suffering through a number of weather delays, the Rector Lady Cougar softball team finally took to the field on Tuesday, March 12, as they beat the Bay Lady Yellowjackets in conference play.

The Lady Cougars gave up a run in the top of the first, then hung five runs on the visitors in the home half of the inning as they took a lead they would never relinquish.

The RHS girls added another run in the bottom of the second, and two more in the bottom of the third, as they took an 8-1 lead into the fourth. The Lady 'Jackets answered with a pair of runs in the top of the inning, as the Cougars enjoyed an 8-3 advantage going into the fifth.

In the top of the fifth inning Bay would get their final run, with the Lady Cougars erupting for five more runs in the home half of the inning, as they extended the lead to 13-4.

Holding the Lady Yellowjackets scoreless in the top of the sixth, they notched the victory while only surrendering four hits.

With the win the Lady Cougars begin their campaign at 1-0 overall and in conference while the Lady 'Jackets fall to 1-3 and 1-2 respectively. The Rector girls are idle this week for spring break, and will return to action on Monday, March 25, with a home conference game with Marmaduke. The following day, Thursday, March 28, they'll visit Melbourne along with the baseball team for conference action with the Lady Bearkatz.

Baseball Cougars

The Rector Cougars hosted Ridgefield-Christian in non-conference baseball action Friday afternoon at the Rector Sports Complex and pounded out a 16-6 win. Silent for much of the young spring season, the Cougar bats came to life as they scored in each of the first six innings en route to the win.

Freshman John Ford Hendrix and senior Evan Dooley combined for the win on the mound.

Holding the Warriors scoreless in the first, the Cougars scored a run in the home half of the inning to take a 1-0 lead. The visitors also failed to score in the second, with the boys in blue plating a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 3-0 lead into the third.

RFC answered in the top of the third with three runs of their own to tie the game, but the Cougars added another run in the home half of the frame to take a 4-0 advantage.

Blanking the Warriors again in the fourth, the RHS squad erupted for three runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 7-3 lead. But, Ridgefield-Christian answered with three runs in the top of the fifth, as they cut it to a 7-6 Rector lead.

From that point on it was all Cougars, as they added five more runs in the home half of the inning to take a 12-6 advantage—then added four more insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth to put the game out of reach.

Will Archer took the loss for RFC as he gave up 10 runs, Quinn Black and Elijah Ellenberg also saw time on the mound but didn't figure in the decision.

With the win the Cougars extend their record to 1-3 overall and 0-2 in 2A-3 conference play. They'll remain idle this week for spring break and are scheduled to host the Marmaduke Greyhounds in conference play on Monday, March 25. They'll be on the road to Melbourne for a conference game with the Bearkatz on Thursday, March 28, along with the softball squad, and they're slated to host Marked Tree on Friday, March 29.

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