By KIM NELSON
DUBLIN–In the first game of the season for the Pulaski County High School jayvee softball team, the Cougars edged Patrick Henry 5-4 in Roanoke. This past week, the Cougars didn’t allow the game to be that close as they posted a 13-3 victory over the Patriots at Randolph Park.
A big second inning proved to be all the Cougars would need. With one out, Sierra Martin and Taylor Robertson both walked before Katie Akers singled home Shianne Buckner (running for Martin). Callie Ratcliffe bunted safely to first to load the bases. Chelsey Gravely walked to plate Robertson. Ashley Curtis also walked to score Akers. Sindie Hedge reached first on an error by the Patriots’ second baseman to bring home Ratcliffe. Gravely scored on a passed ball before Caitie Cox reached first on a dropped third strike to score Curtis. Jade Murray reached first on a failed fielder’s choice. The Cougars batted around as Martin reached on an error to bring home Cox. Akers reached on an error to score the Cougars’ final run of the inning, making it 11-3 Cougars.
The Patriots scored their only three runs in the first inning off of a walk, an error, a single and a double, and a stolen base.
Pulaski County answered in the bottom of the first by scoring two runs of its own as Gravely was hit-by-a-pitch, a sacrifice by Curtis moved her to second. Gravely stole third and scored on an error by the catcher. Price singled moved to third on a hit by Cox and scored on a passed ball.
The Cougars’ added a run in the third when Curtis singled, stole second, moved to third on a ground-out and scored on a wild pitch. In the fifth, Erica Seagle reached first on an error. Ratcliffe followed with the same and single by Shianne Buckner scored Seagle to end the game in the fifth.
Murray (1-0) picked up the win for the Cougars. She gave up three runs on four hits. She walked two and struck out six across five innings. Taylor Eichelberger suffered the loss for the Patriots.
The Cougars collected six hits with Akers, Cox, Curtis, Ratcliffe, Price and Buckner each notching one.
With the victory, the Cougars are now 2-2 on the season. Pulaski County will travel to Christiansburg today (Tuesday) for a 5 p.m. contest as they open district play.