By Rodney Young
Roanoke – Traveling to Roanoke and taking on Northside, the Cougars found themselves involved in a pitching duel. In the end, they came away with their first setback of the season, losing a hard fought 1-0 contest.
Brayden Morris was the tough luck losing pitcher, going the distance. He gave up just five hits, but the big one happened in the bottom of the sixth inning. With one out, Northsides Tyler Wolf hit a low ball over the centerfield fence for the game winner. It looked more like a golf shot than a baseball swing.
Northside Vikings pitcher Daniel Brammer also pitched a complete game, as he also gave up just five hits.
The Cougars came close to scoring in the top of the third inning, with runners on first and third bases with two outs but couldn’t come up with a big hit. They also had a runner on second in the fourth inning with two outs and couldn’t push the runner across the plate. In the top of the sixth inning the Cougars (5-1) had one out and a runner on second. Senior Brandon Huff stepped up to the plate an hit a scorching line shot down the third base line. Northside’s Trey Bayse made an incredible leap and some how caught the line-drive shot, and then threw to second for a double play to end the threat. It was a questionable call at second, as the Cougar runner seemed to have beaten the throw back to the base but was called out.
“Wow what a game,” said Cougar Head Coach Doug Dunavant. “We battled and didn’t give up. They (Northside) got one big hit and we didn’t. It happens. The Northside pitcher pitched real well. Brayden (Morris) pitched a great game for us too. We have to move on though. We’ve got another game right away. We have to refocus and get ready.”
The Cougars will be back in action tonight, as they are set to host Galax at Pulaski County High School. Game time is set for 5 p.m.
R H E LOB
PC 0 5 1 6
NS 1 5 1 7
PC- LP (Morris 2-1)
NS- WP (Brammer)
HR- NS- Wolf