By RODNEY YOUNG
Independence – The Cougars erupted for nine runs in the top of the second inning and then held on for a 9-8 victory over the always tough Grayson County Blue Devils.
Pulaski County (2-0) got a good pitching performance from senior Brayden Morris and third baseman Jed Singleton hit a three run homer over the 345′ sign to help cap the nine run inning.
Morris gave up two runs in three innings on just two hits and struck out six for the victory. He also knocked in two runs and score a run. Singleton was one for three at the plate with a three run homer and scored twice. Senior Brandon Huff scored a run and had two hits.
The game stayed 9-2 going into the bottom of the fifth until Grayson scored three. Max Rodgers and Matt Cornette both drove a run in, and the Cougars committed an error allowing one. Grayson then scored three more runs in the sixth to cut the deficit to 9-8. Rodgers doubled in two and Cornette also drove in one.
In the bottom of the seventh the Cougar pitcher got the Blue Devils leadoff batter to ground out. A Cougar error put a runner on and a wild pitch moved the runner to second. Cougar pitcher Logan Alley then struck out batter Lucas Rudy, and then Spencer Roberts hit a pop fly to center field for the final out. Alley went 2.2 innings, striking out four for his second save.
“We won the game, and that was the biggest thing,” said Cougar head coach Doug Dunavant. “This was a good test for us . They have a real good team. I’m proud of the kids for hanging in there for the win. We have lot of work to do.”
Pulaski County will hold their home opener Friday at 5 p.m. when they host the Northside Vikings.
R H E LOB
PC 9 7 2 6
GC 8 8 1 9
PC – WP 1-0 (Morris)
GC – LP (Cornette)
Save – PC Alley -2