By Stephen Henderson
Senior night for the Patrick County High School Cougar baseball team was one to remember for Aubrey Hopkins and Eli Horton. The Cougars defeated the Martinsville Bulldogs 16-0 after five innings.
“Being able to send our two seniors out with a win at home is special. Both Aubrey and Eli have meant so much to not only our program, but to our school environment, and they deserved today,” said Coach Matt Mabe.
“The first inning of the game on offense was key for us today,” he said. “We started fast and got out to a comfortable lead early. I felt like our offensive approaches were positive throughout the day,” he said.”
“Austin Vernon was great on the mound today, commanding the strike zone and pitching to contact. He challenged their hitters and was very successful in the complete game effort,” Mabe said.
Aubrey Hopkins led batters with two hits, including a double. He drove in two runners. Seth Scott had one hit, two RBIs and scored three runs. Eli Horton, William Wood and Aaron Radford scored two runs each and had one hit each. Radford drove in two RBIs.
The Cougars scored the 16 runs on eight hits and had only one error.
Last Tuesday, the Cougars hosted Franklin County and lost 9-5.
Aaron Radford and Andrew Collins each had two hits. Radford had two RBIs and Collins scored two runs and one RBI.
Dylan Phillips took the loss on the mound after pitching three innings. Caleb Pendleton came in for three innings and Austin Vernon finished out the game.
The Cougars’ record is 2-15.
The Cougars traveled to Magna Vista Monday night and to George Washington of Danville Tuesday night. Tournament action starts next week.