Cougar baseball splits two games

By Stephen Henderson

Pitcher Thatcher Blankenship (left) rushes the plate to cover for catcher Kristian for an out in last Wednesday’s game against Tunstall.

The Patrick County High School Cougar baseball team had trouble with the Tunstall Trojans last Tuesday afternoon, losing 13-1 in five innings. However, PC bounced back Friday afternoon at Bassett and defeated the Bengals in a nine-inning game, 3-2.

In Tuesday’s match-up, the Trojans scored three runs in the second inning, one in the third, three in the fourth and six runs in the fifth inning to put the game out of reach for the Cougars.

The lone Cougar run came in the second inning. Caleb Pendleton drove in Evan Hopkins for the score.

Colby Vernon was 2-for-3 at the plate to lead PC in hits.

Caleb Pendleton took the loss on the mound, pitching four innings, allowing seven runs, 10 hits and striking out one.

Friday’s game went into extra innings after both Bassett and the Cougars scored lone runs in the sixth inning. Patrick County led 2-1 in the top of the ninth inning when Colby Vernon grounded out to drive in the winning run.

The Bengals added a run in the bottom of the ninth, but PC kept the lead and the 3-2 win.

Dylan Phillips earned the win on the mound for the Cougars. He threw 8 and 1/3 innings, surrendering two runs, three hits and striking out four. Austin Vernon pitched the final 2/3 inning, recording the last two outs for the Cougars.

William Wood had three hits; Evan Hopkins had two. Colby Vernon, William Wood and Caleb Pendleton each drove in runs.

The Cougars hosted Magna Vista Tuesday afternoon and will travel to Halifax Thursday.

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