By KIM NELSON
ROANOKE–Pulaski County pushed its record to 9-6 on the season with a 4-2 victory over Hidden Valley in Roanoke. It was the second win of the season for the Cougars over the Titans.
Callie Ratcliffe singled and stole second. She moved to third on a Hidden Valley error and scored on a sacrifice fly by Kayla Price for the Cougars’ first run of the game. Pulaski County added a second run in the second inning when Chelsea Doss reached first on an error, took second on a wild pitch, moved to third on an error, and scored while the Titans were trying to get the double play to make it 2-0 Cougars.
Things were quiet for both teams until the fourth. The Cougars scratched the scoreboard for one more run when Sindie Hedge reached first on an error by the Hidden Valley short stop. She stole second. Doss walked to put runners at first and second. An error on the Hidden Valley second baseman loaded the bases as Brittany Byrd (running for pitcher Jade Murray) took first. A wild pitch allowed Hedge to score, but everyone else was left stranded. The Cougars held a 3-0 lead heading into the fifth. That’s when Ashley Curtis reached first on an error, took second on a passed ball and scored on a double by Ratcliffe to make it 4-0.…and the rains came.
Play was halted for heavy rain and lightening, but not before Hidden Valley plated two runs because the Cougars couldn’t hold on to the wet ball. In what had been a rather clean game for the Cougars, quickly became sloppy. With one out, HV’s Faith Settles reached first on an error. After a single by Jordan Johnson to put runners on first and second. Pulaski County managed to get the next batter to fly out to right field. But, Murray was having a hard time holding onto the ball. A passed ball allowed one run to score and a wild pitch saw the second runner score. After a walk was given to the next HV batter, the umpires again called the game as being too dangerous. However, because the game was in the sixth inning, it was a victory for the Cougars.
Murray picked up the victory for PCHS. She gave up two runs (one earned) on two hits. She walked two and struck out three in the complete game effort.
Pulaski County managed to collect four hits. Ratcliffe had three and Murray added one.