By KIM NELSON
DUBLIN–The Cougars clawed their way past Christiansburg in jayvee softball action as Pulaski County topped the Blue Demons 11-1. It was the second win over Christiansburg this season for the Cougars.
Christiansburg scratched the scoreboard first in the second inning when Jesse Burleson ripped a triple to left field and scored on an error as the next batter reached first. That is the only run that Christiansburg pushed across.
The Cougars answered in the bottom of the second with two runs of their own. Sierra Martin singled, Brittany Byrd, running for Martin, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored as Katie Akers reached first on an error by the Christianburg second baseman. Akers would later score on a single to left by Callie Ratcliffe, making it 2-1 Cougars.
In the third, the Cougars scored four runs. Chelsey Gravely singled moved to third on two consecutive wild pitches and scored on an error by the catcher. The next Cougar batter struck out for the first out of the inning. Sindie Hedge singled to center, moved to second on passed ball, took third on a wild pitch, and scored on a passed ball. Kayla Price walked, later moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a RBI-double up the middle by Jade Murray. A double by Martin plated Murray, giving the Cougars a 6-1 advantage.
It as more of the same in the fourth as Gravely walked, Ashley Curtis singled to left. Hedge connected to left to score Gravely and Price doubled home Curtis. A single by Erica Seagle left Price at third and she scored on an error by the Blue Demon third baseman.
Pulaski County’s final runs came in the fifth when Martin opened the inning with a single. Byrd (running for Martin) stole second, took third on a single by Ratcliffe and scored on a passed ball. Ratcliffe stole third and scored on a single by Gravely for the final margin of victory.
The Cougars collected 13 hits, led by Martin with three. Hedge, Gravely and Ratcliffe each added two, Curtis, Price, Seagle, and Murray each chipped in one.
Ratcliffe picked up the victory for the Cougars. She gave up one earned run. She gave up two hits, walked one, and struck out four across five innings. Payton King suffered the loss for the Blue Demons.
The Cougars will close out the regular season on Tuesday when they host Blacksburg at 5 p.m.