By Stephen Henderson
The Patrick County High School junior varsity baseball team picked up a 7-0 win over Floyd County at home last Wednesday afternoon.
Patrick County took an early lead of 1-0 in the first inning and added another run in the third inning. The Cougars scored three runs in the fifth and added two more in the sixth for the shut-out win.
“I think the turning point of the game was in the top of the fifth inning,” said Coach Donald Rakes. “We were up 2-0, and Floyd had the bases loaded with no one out. Nick Duncan came in and retired three straight batters to end the threat. This was huge momentum boost for us,” Rakes added.
“This was a good win for our young team—no errors on defense and we threw the ball well. We executed two suicide squeezes and three hit-and-runs for five RBIs,” Rakes said. “We are starting to play as a team with all contributing,” he added.
Rakes noted “shout outs” to Nick Duncan who was 3-3, scored one run, had one RBI and retired all nine batters he faced on the mound; also to Kelon Penn who pitched for four scoreless innings. Landon Augustine had two hits, two runs and four stolen bases.
The JV Cougars played Tuesday at Bassett. Wednesday, today, they travel to Floyd and Friday will be at home against Magna Vista.
The season record is 1-2.