Cougars improve record to 10-3

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By Stephen Henderson

Austin Vernon slides in home for the score on Caleb Pendleton’s single.

Jared Brown (left) stretches for the out on first against GW of Danville last Friday.

Friday night’s win over George Washington of Danville put the Patrick County High School baseball team into double digits in the win column—a feat not seen by the baseball team in five years.

Team members celebrated by dumping a cooler on Coach Eric Renegar’s head—something that didn’t really upset him. He was as happy as the team with the celebration.

The final score was 7-2.

The Cougars jumped to an early lead scoring two runs in the first, two in the second and two in the third. Their final run came fourth inning.

Scoring came on a wild pitch in the first inning, a single by William Wood. Seth Scott hit a double in the second and Evan Hopkins had a groundout for the two scores in the second inning.

The Cougars picked up nine hits in the game; Seth Scott had three, Caleb Pendleton and William Wood each collected two hits. Woods led going 2 for 3 on the day and two runs batted in.

The Eagles scored one run in the second and one in the fifth to give the Cougars the 7-2 victory.

Caleb Pendleton took the win on the mound pitching seven innings. He gave up two runs, four hits and struck out three Eagle batters.

Last Tuesday, the Cougars defeated Martinsville 5-2. The Bulldogs led 2-0 in the fourth before the Cougars added three runs in the bottom of the fourth to move ahead and hold it; they added two security runs in the fifth for the win.

Dylan Phillips earned the win on the mound for the Cougars pitching five innings. He allowed two runs, five hits and struck out eight batters. Thatcher Blankenship pitched the last six outs to earn the save.

Phillips, Kristian Ashburn, William Wood and Austin Vernon each drove in one run.

The Cougars hosted Tunstall Tuesday and traveled to Bassett Friday night.