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Cougars’ season ends with costly miscues

PULASKI – After quickly jumping out to a 5-0 lead, the Pulaski County Cougars shot themselves in the foot as they allowed the Blacksburg Bruins to score six unearned runs with two outs in the third inning, leading to a 13-6 rout which ended Pulaski’s season.
The Cougars’ defense let them down in this game as they committed four errors that resulted in ten unearned Bruin runs.
Clay White started the game off for the Cougars with walk. Zac Chrisley singled and Jared King then singled in White. Ben Eads hit a double that scored Chrisley, followed by a Shane Woodrum fielder’s choice which scored King, putting the Cougars on top 3-0.
The Cougars tallied two more runs in the top of the third as Woodrum singled to score King and Nick Stuth hit a triple that scored Eads.
The Bruins came up in the bottom of the third inning and quickly fell to two outs. With two outs and a runner on first base, the wheels then fell off for the Cougars. Two quick Cougar errors and a double by the Blacksburg’s Greg Juanarena made it 5-1. Mark Manthe then hit a two-run homerun over the 356-foot sign to shrink the Cougar lead to 5-3.
Cleanup hitter Joey Phillips then crushed solo shot over the ‘green monster’ in right-center that cut the deficit to 5-4.
Eric Houff and Corey McCoy both walked and Ricky Sowers singled to load up the bases for the Bruins. Steven Ball then singled to score both Houff and McCoy to put Blacksburg on top 6-5.
The Cougars final tally after getting the first two outs in the third inning: two errors, five hits, two walks, and six unearned runs.
Blacksburg got on the board again in the fourth inning as Juanarena doubled and Manthe hit his second two-run homerun – which knocked out a light on the scoreboard – to make it 8-5.
The Cougars got their final run of the game in the top of the fifth when Dustin Shelley tripled and Shay Dunnigan hit a sac fly, cutting the deficit to 8-6.
The Bruins then took advantage of more Cougar errors in the fifth inning as they scored another three runs, all with two outs.
Blacksburg ended the scoring when they got two more runs in the bottom of the sixth on another Cougar error, a walk, a McCoy sacrifice fly, and a bases loaded walk, putting the game at its final tally of 13-6.
After the game, a dejected Coach Doug Dunavant said, “this was a very disappointing loss. We jumped out early but we made too many mistakes.”
Dunavant continued, “These seniors were a good group. I’m proud of them and I wish them good luck and nothing but the best in their future endeavors.”
Jared King took the loss for the Cougars as he saw his record fall to 6-3. The Cougars finished the season with a 12-10-1 record.
Blacksburg will now go on to face Carroll County Monday in Blacksburg for the regional playoffs.

Cougars’ season ends with costly miscues

PULASKI – After quickly jumping out to a 5-0 lead, the Pulaski County Cougars shot themselves in the foot as they allowed the Blacksburg Bruins to score six unearned runs with two outs in the third inning, leading to a 13-6 rout which ended Pulaski’s season.
The Cougars’ defense let them down in this game as they committed four errors that resulted in ten unearned Bruin runs.
Clay White started the game off for the Cougars with walk. Zac Chrisley singled and Jared King then singled in White. Ben Eads hit a double that scored Chrisley, followed by a Shane Woodrum fielder’s choice which scored King, putting the Cougars on top 3-0.
The Cougars tallied two more runs in the top of the third as Woodrum singled to score King and Nick Stuth hit a triple that scored Eads.
The Bruins came up in the bottom of the third inning and quickly fell to two outs. With two outs and a runner on first base, the wheels then fell off for the Cougars. Two quick Cougar errors and a double by the Blacksburg’s Greg Juanarena made it 5-1. Mark Manthe then hit a two-run homerun over the 356-foot sign to shrink the Cougar lead to 5-3.
Cleanup hitter Joey Phillips then crushed solo shot over the ‘green monster’ in right-center that cut the deficit to 5-4.
Eric Houff and Corey McCoy both walked and Ricky Sowers singled to load up the bases for the Bruins. Steven Ball then singled to score both Houff and McCoy to put Blacksburg on top 6-5.
The Cougars final tally after getting the first two outs in the third inning: two errors, five hits, two walks, and six unearned runs.
Blacksburg got on the board again in the fourth inning as Juanarena doubled and Manthe hit his second two-run homerun – which knocked out a light on the scoreboard – to make it 8-5.
The Cougars got their final run of the game in the top of the fifth when Dustin Shelley tripled and Shay Dunnigan hit a sac fly, cutting the deficit to 8-6.
The Bruins then took advantage of more Cougar errors in the fifth inning as they scored another three runs, all with two outs.
Blacksburg ended the scoring when they got two more runs in the bottom of the sixth on another Cougar error, a walk, a McCoy sacrifice fly, and a bases loaded walk, putting the game at its final tally of 13-6.
After the game, a dejected Coach Doug Dunavant said, “this was a very disappointing loss. We jumped out early but we made too many mistakes.”
Dunavant continued, “These seniors were a good group. I’m proud of them and I wish them good luck and nothing but the best in their future endeavors.”
Jared King took the loss for the Cougars as he saw his record fall to 6-3. The Cougars finished the season with a 12-10-1 record.
Blacksburg will now go on to face Carroll County Monday in Blacksburg for the regional playoffs.