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Cougar Baseball Splits Diamond Days

By Joe Joe Wright

The Crisp County Cougars split the weekend round robin tournament with Tattnall Square and Archer high school.

Opening up the day with Private School powerhouse Tattnall Square. The Cougars were in the game until the huge  6th inning china syndrome meltdown. Giving up 7 runs on countless hits and errors Tattnall put the Cougars away in a Mercy rule. The first such time in many many years. The Cougars only managed 3 hits and 2 of them were in the 6th inning to score their only run in the 12 to 1 decision. Austin Walls pitched the first 4 and one-third innings giving up 6 hits and 4 walks along with 5 runs and no strikeouts. Josh Powell came on in relief going 2/3 of inning giving up 4 hits and 1 walk and 3 runs with no strikeouts. Finally Jacob Hughes pitched the last inning giving up 3 hits and 1 walk with 4 runs and 1 K.”This was not a good game at all, we played terrible and they are very good,” said head Coach Bill Pate. “We have to avoid those big inning give aways.”

Tattnall 8 and Archer 5 in Game Two Action

In the third and final contest of the day the Cougars bounced back and put on a better showing in beating Archer 4 to 3.

Dagan Kennedy started on the mound for the Cougars scattering 3 hits and 1 walk over 5 innings and striking out 1. There were 3 runs scored on Kennedy but all 3 were unearned runs. Myles Napier came on in the 6th inning in relief walking 2 with 1 K and no runs. The Cougars got their scoring in the 6th inning. With 1 out Dee Purdy doubles and Napier singles him in. Then up comes Brennan Bledsoe who singled to drive in Napier. Up to the plate came Kasey Herrington who laid down a perfect bunt. Then Grant Pheil drew a walk to load the bases. Will Carter came up and hit a hard shot at shortstop and they tried to turn the double play but Carter was safe at first and Bledsoe and Herrington scored to take the lead. That was all the scoring and the Cougars held on to win.” I was proud how the boys battled back after the first game and Dagan pitched well,” said Pate. Next up Crisp County heads to Thomasville to take on TCC in a key region matchup, Wednesday at 5:30pm.