Cougar baseball off to slow start

By Stephen Henderson
The Patrick County High School Cougar baseball team hosted three games last week and failed to put a win in the column for the week’s effort.
Monday the Cougars lost to the Buffaloes from Floyd 10-2. Tuesday, the Bengals of Bassett won by a score of 12-2, and Thursday the visiting Comets from Halifax shut out the Cougars 9-0.
In the two games with Cougar runs, the team had hits and runs in the first inning of both games. However, the bats stopped as innings progressed except for Monday’s game against Floyd when PC picked up a run in the fifth inning.
Austin Vernon started on the mound in Monday’s game against Floyd, pitching two innings and striking out two. Caleb Pendleton relieved him and finished the game, striking out three Buffaloes.
Seth Scott and Austin Vernon each had hits and batted in one run each while Kristian Ashburn added a hit and scored a run. Evan Hopkins scored the other run for the Cougars.
The game was called due to lightning with two outs in the sixth inning.
The Cougars started off Tuesday’s game answering the two runs of the Bengals with two of their own in the first inning. Unfortunately, those were the only runs scored by PC. Bassett scored single runs in the second, fifth and seventh innings; in the sixth inning, they scored seven runs.
Seth Scott started on the mound for the Cougars striking out two after 4.1 innings. Aaron Pack pitched 1.2 innings and Dylan Phillips finished the game.
Eli Horton, Parker Brown, Aubrey Hopkins, Austin Vernon and Andrew Collins each had hits in the game. Seth Scott and Austin Vernon scored the only runs while Hopkins drove one runner in.
In Wednesday’s shut-out game against Halifax, Austin Vernon started on the mound pitching 5.2 innings, striking out nine batters. Caleb Pendleton came in to close out the game.
William Wood had two hits while Eli Horton and Parker Brown each had singles in the game.
The Comet runs came in the first with three runs, and second, sixth and seventh innings with two runs in each.
This week the Cougars host three games. Monday they played Christiansburg, Tuesday they played George Washington of Danville and Thursday they play Tunstall at 5 p.m.

Second baseman Parker Brown picks up the first out in the third inning of last Monday’s game against Floyd County.
Second baseman Parker Brown picks up the first out in the third inning of last Monday’s game against Floyd County.
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