By KIM NELSON
CHRISTIANSBURG–Things started out slow for Pulaski County, but late in the game, the Cougars’ bats came alive as Pulaski County upended Christiansburg 10-1 in the first district contest of the season. The win evens the Cougars’ record at 4-4 on the season.
Christiansburg scored its only run of the game in the opening inning when the Cougars made three throwing errors on one play, but after that the defense settled down and offense appeared.
Christiansburg threatened in the second and third, but the Cougars’ defense and pitching held strong.
The score stood 1-0 through three innings, but in the fourth Chelsey Gravely got things started by reaching base on an error by the Christiansburg third baseman. Kayla Price walked and Sindie Hedge reached on an error to load the bases. Sierra Martin connected on a two-run double to left center. A ground out scored Tayler Robertson (running for Martin). The Cougars loaded the bases again as Caitie Cox walked, Katie Akers singled her to second and Callie Ratcliffe singled, but the next Cougar batter struck out to end the inning.
It was the sixth inning before the Cougars would scratch the scoreboard again. Robertson reached first on a dropped third strike and took second on a passed ball. Cox walked and Akers singled to load the bases. Callie Ratcliffe walked to score Robertson and a ground out by Ashley Curtis plated Cox. Gravely walked to load the bases again and Price doubled home Akers and Ratcliffe. Gravely scored on a passed ball to make it 8-1 Cougars.
In their final at-bat, the Cougars added two more runs as Robertson doubled and scored on a single by Akers. A passed ball put Akers on second and she stole third. She crossed home on a passed ball for the final margin of victory for the Cougars. Payton King suffered the loss for the Blue Demons.
Radcliffe (2-2) picked up the victory for the Cougars. She gave up one run (unearned) on two hits. She walked three, struck out two, and hit one batter across five innings. Jade Murray finished the final two innings for the Cougars. She walked one.
Akers was 4-for-4 with two runs, one RBI, and two stolen bases. Price, Hedge, Martin, Robertson, and Ratcliffe each had one hit for Pulaski County.