By Ashlee Mullis\r\n\r\nThe Cougars travelled to Tunstall on May 4, losing 0-6.\r\n\r\nLane Taylor started on the mound for Patrick County, pitching 3 1\/3 innings, taking the loss.\u00a0 Taylor allowed 4 runs on 5 hits, 4 walks, and 4 strikeouts.\r\n\r\nTucker Swails pitched 1 2\/3 innings, allowing no runs on 1 hit, struck out 4, and walked none.\u00a0 Garrett Leftwich took the mound for one inning, allowing 2 runs on 2 hits, 2 walks, and struck out 2. Nash Thompson had 2 hits for the Cougars.\r\n\r\nCoach Tal Swails said, \u201cwe struggled at the plate against a very good pitcher. He kept us off balance all night, and we just could never get anything going at the plate.\u00a0 We threw it pretty well. One bad inning kind of got us. The game was really closer than the score, but it is what it is. We will get better and get back at it against Halifax on Thursday.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe Cougars suffered a 1-9 loss at home against Halifax on Thursday, May 6. The team struggled defensively with 5 errors. The Cougars had a better night at the plate with 7 hits.\r\n\r\nCamden Nowlin and Taylor Swails had 2 hits, Nowlin having the only RBI of the night. Nash Thompson, Lane Taylor, and Jai Penn had one hit each.\r\n\r\nGarrett Leftwich got the start on the mound and threw 4 strong innings. Tucker Swails pitched 2 innings of relief, and Camden Nowlin pitched 1.\r\n\r\nAccording to Coach Swails, \u201cthe game should have been much closer than the final score. All three pitchers threw well enough to keep us in the game. Defense just didn\u2019t make plays they needed to make.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe Cougars were back on their home field Monday against Bassett.