Cougars Climb another level
Win 1st round of state 12-5 and 11-3
By Joe Joe Wright
Jenkins High baseball was no match for the Cougars. Crisp County High traveled over to Savannah to play Jenkins High in a make shift pasture were the ground rules included playing balls off trees and dodging cow patties. The 2nd seeded Warriors dropped a 12-5 decision in the first game and a 11-3 out come in the 2nd game.
In game one action Myles Napier took the mound first and went 3 innings for the Cougars giving up 3 runs on 4 hits with 2 walks and 2 k’s. He was relieved by Hudson Coleman who went one inning giving up 3 hits, 1 run with no walks and no k’s. Billy Jones came on in the 5th and finished the game and getting the win with 2 hits and 1 run surrender and 5 k’s. The Cougar offense managed 10 hits in the game. Napier was on fire going 4 for 5 with 3 RBI’s. Brennan Bledsoe banged out 2 hits, as did Adam Burnett who also had 2 RBI’s. Dee Purdy managed a hit with 2 RBI’s as well. The scoring for the Cougars was as follows 2 in the top of the 1st, 1 in the 4th and 1 in the 5th to tie the game. The one run in the 6th put the Cougars ahead 5 to 4. In the top of the seventh Crisp opened up scoring 7 runs to put the game on ice.
“ I am very proud of the guys they played good team ball on the road and kept mistakes to a minimum in both games and the pitchers gave up only two walks in both games combined,” said Head Coach Bill Pate.
In game 2 action Will Lanneau pitched a complete 7 inning game giving up 3 runs on 9 hits with 3 k’s with no walks. The Cougars garnered 7 hits total in game two but managed 11 runs with timely hitting. In the bottom of 2nd Crisp stuck 7 runs on the board to take a commanding lead. The warriors managed a three run 3rd inning before having their scoring shut down for the rest of the game. The Cougars picked up 3 more in the 3rd and 1 more in the 5th. Dee Purdy went 2 for 3 and Lanneau helped his own cause by going 2 for 3 as well. The Cougars move onto the 2nd round of state starting Thursday up in Stone Mountain against the Region 5 #1 seed Redan.