By Stephen Henderson
The Patrick County High School Cougar baseball team played at Tunstall and Abingdon last week and lost both games.
In last Tuesday’s game at Tunstall, the game was tied 1-1 after seven innings, forcing the game into extra innings. In the bottom of the 10th inning, Tunstall brought in a run to take the win 2-1.
The Cougars had eight hits but could not bring home runners left on base.
Caleb Pendleton pitched seven innings, striking out eight batters. Dylan Phillips came in for relief, pitching 2.2 innings, striking out three and taking the loss for the Cougars.
Austin Vernon had three hits, including a double, and batted in the Cougars’ lone run. Eli Horton had two hits, including a double. Parker Brown had one hit, a double, and Aaron Radford and Dylan Phillips each had hits.
Friday, the Cougars traveled to Abingdon and lost 17-5.
The Falcons jumped into action early in the game, scoring 10 runs on six hits in the first inning. By the fourth inning, they had accumulated seven more runs; the Cougars scored five runs in the top of the fifth inning, but the game ended by the slaughter rule after their at-bat.
Austin Vernon had two hits, scored a run and drove in two runners. Eli Horton also had two hits, one run and an RBI. Kristian Ashburn, Aaron Radford and Andrew Collins each had a hit.
Dylan Phillips started off on the mound, pitching two outs. Aaron Pack came in for just over an inning, and Austin Vernon finished the game on the mound.
This week, the Cougars played at Magna Vista Tuesday and will travel to Halifax Thursday afternoon.