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Although Verbena managed four runs in Friday night’s baseball game, it wasn’t because of Central Coosa pitcher Dawson Duncan.

Duncan kept the Red Devils without a hit all night and although he walked four, the Cougars did just enough to come back and earn a 5-4 victory. It was their first in the young season.

Verbena did most of its damage in the first inning, scoring three of its runs, but Central Coosa immediately answered in the home half of the frame. With two outs and two runners on, Bryer Murchison hit a clutch single to plate Donta Daniel and Duncan helped his own cause by scoring on an error.

The teams went scoreless for the next several innings before Verbena added what it thought was some insurance in the top of fifth with a run scored on a dropped third strike.

However, that’s when the Cougars (1-1) mounted their comeback. Again with two outs, they got the bases loaded on an error and back-to-back walks and again, Murchison played hero with a two-run single to tie the game.

And much like the first inning, Duncan scored on an error to take the lead, which he held on the mound.

In addition to Murchison’s two hits, Carson Cardwell and Ryan Payne also had singles for the Cougars. Duncan had nine strikeouts in the victory.

Thursday night, Coosa was ousted by Isabella, 7-4. Things looked so promising for the Cougars early on as they scored four runs in the bottom of the first but the Mustangs slowly but surely chipped away it to take the lead in the fifth inning. Central Coosa, meanwhile, was held scoreless the rest of the way.

Central Coosa finished with eight hits, including two apiece by Payne and Landon Meadows. Murchison had a pair of RBIs.

Payne threw the complete game, giving up just three earned runs. He scattered five strikeouts.

SOFTBALL

Tigers can’t hang with pair of tough opponents

Giving up early runs has been too tough for Dadeville’s softball team to overcome the last two nights. Thursday, the Tigers suffered a 71 loss at the hands of Handley and Friday, they were overcome by Elmore County, which earned a 14-4 victory.

Although Dadeville is hitting the ball fairly well — it had seven hits against Handley and five versus ECHS — it has been killing itself with errors. The Tigers (1-4-1) had a combined 14 errors in the two games. Of the 21 runs they allowed, only nine were earned.

Over the course of the two games, Jailee Kirkland, Makya Johnson, Timirian Tinsley and Tori Giles each had two hits.

Lizi Arbogast is the sports editor at Tallapoosa Publishers, Inc.