By Rodney Young
Dublin – Leading 6-1 going into the top of the seventh inning, the Cougars looked as if they were going to halt a six game losing streak. With two outs and nobody on, the Cougars only needed one more out to wrap the game up. Unfortunately, by the time they got the third out in the inning they would be behind 8-6 and would lose the game by that score to the Blue Devils of Grayson County.
It turned out to be a nightmare of an inning that saw the Cougar pitchers walk not one or two, not even three straight Grayson batters. Instead, they surrendered five consecutive bases on balls, and then gave up a single and another walk, a double and two more walks. Eight walks in actually what was one-third of an inning. Pulaski County used six pitchers, of which five of them walked a game total of 15 Grayson hitters. You can also addl a balk, a hit batter, and two wild pitches.
The Cougars only gave up five hits in the game, three of those in the third inning and two the seventh as they played errorless ball defensively. They still found a way to lose, however, and it was their seventh consecutive loss.
The Cougars jumped on the Blue Devils early scoring a run in the first inning. Tyler Blevins stroked a single up the middle to plate Jake Tabor. They would score five times in the bottom of the second to take a commanding 6-0 lead. Tabor, Daniel Safewright, Blevins, and Tyler Dotson all had RBI’s in the inning
Grayson then scored a run in the top of the third as Spencer Roberts doubled and Matt Cornett singled him in. The game remained 6-1 until the top of the seventh with two outs and no one on. Then the nightmare began. Four Cougar pitchers later, 10 straight Grayson batters had reached base. The 6-1 lead have became a 8-6 deficit and an unbelievable defeat.
“There’s no defense for walks,” a stunned and extremely disappointed Cougar head coach Doug Dunavant commented. “We lack mental toughness.”
The Cougars will host Christiansburg Friday at 5 p.m.
R H E LOB
GC 8 5 5 10
PC 6 10 0 9
GC – WP (Rodgers)
PC – LP (Brown)