By Stephen Henderson\r\nThe Patrick County High School varsity baseball team scrimmaged Salem High School Saturday, and Coach Matt Mabe came home with an encouraging impression of the team\u2019s first outing of the season.\r\nSalem is a 4-A team that is always competitive in the River Ridge District.\r\n\u201cWe were really good defensively, not committing an error on a ball put in play during the seven-inning scrimmage,\u201d he said. \u201cPitching was also a bright spot in that we threw five different pitchers. I thought we pitched to contact and challenged the opposition, something we must be consistent with throughout the season,\u201d he said.\r\nThe Cougars were led offensively by veteran players Seth Scott and Eli Horton, both driving in runs during the contest. Austin Vernon and Aubrey Hopkins also had positive at-bats on the day. Seth Scott threw two scoreless innings, as both Dylan Phillips and Aaron Pack recorded a scoreless frame in their inning of work.\r\nThe scrimmage was played with free substitutions and both teams had a lineup of 11 players. This was done to get more at-bats for more players. The Cougars led 3-2 going into the bottom of the seventh inning before giving up two runs. The final score was 4-3.\r\n\u201cThis week, we will focus on consistency as an offense, as well as fine tuning some things defensively against the run game,\u201d Mabe said. \u201cWe scrimmage again this Wednesday (today) at home vs. Carroll County.\u201d\r\nThe JV team will scrimmage at 4 p.m., and the varsity teams will begin around 6 p.m.