‘Cats tame CougarsPublished 10:29am Friday, April 4, 2014
After taking a 3-1 loss to Class 4A foe Tallassee earlier in the week, the Benjamin Russell Wildcats were eager to get back to their winning ways.
They had a chance to do just that went into the Cougars’ den for a doubleheader versus Central of Coosa County, who were looking to halt a five-game skid.
Below are results from game one of said doubleheader. Results from game two will be reported by The Outlook as soon as they are made available.
BRHS 6, CHS-CC 0 (game one)
Behind a fast start and effective pitching from Braxton Pitts, Whit Green and Griffin Keel, the Wildcats shutout the hom-standing Cougars 6-0 in game one of the teams doubleheader.
Pitts got the victory, pitching three innings. He struck out one batter and allowed two hits. He also walked one batter.
BRHS immediately started the game on the right foot, getting to Central-Coosa’s Dustin Gaither for two runs in the top of the first inning.
After early struggles, Gaither settled down and kept the Wildcats’ bats under wraps until the top of the fourth.
Here, Zac Rogers led off the inning with a double, and Keel later drove him in with an RBI double of his own.
The Cougars were poised to answer back when Jordan McDonald reached first with a single, and later moved to second base thanks to a passed ball.
After Kenny Cowart drew a walk, CHS-CC had runners at first and second with no outs, but McDonald was caught in a rundown between second and third base.
Cowart advanced to second and the Cougars’ Randy Clark reached on a single, but both were left stranded as Whit Green struck out Trevor Stover and forced James Saxon to line out and end the inning.
The Wildcats distanced themselves even more when Seth Hendon delivered a two-out triple to deep left field.
Caleb Brooks later scored Hendon with a ground-rule double.
Benjamin Russell later added two more runs in the top of the seventh.
Marquis Odem delivered a single, and tried to take advantage of lazy fielding, but his aggressiveness left him seemingly caught in a rundown between first and second. However, Odem was able to remain safe after Cowart mishandled a throw to first and was unable to get the tag.
Odem later stole second base.
After Bryant Horn drew a walk, Hendon moved both runners over with a sacrifice bunt, and a sacrifice fly from Brooks allowed Odem to score and for Horn to move to third. Horn later scored on a passed ball.
Keel slammed the door on the Cougars, as outside of a Gaither single, Central-Coosa couldn’t generate much of a threat.
Rogers ended up with two doubles and a run scored in game one.
For the Cougars, Gaither was 3-for-3 with two singles and a double.