By KIM NELSON
PULASKI–It started out looking like it was going to be a close contest just like the first time the two teams met, but it turned out to be a 15-7 victory for Blacksburg. The Cougar jayvee team couldn’t seem to get things all together in their final game of the season even though after three innings, Pulaski County held a 3-2 lead.
After four innings, the game was tied 5-5 and after five innings, it was 7-6 Blacksburg. That’s when things got a little rough for the Cougars.
In the sixth inning, the wheels came off for Pulaski County as the Cougars allowed the Bruins to plate seven runs off of two singles, a double, three walks, two errors, and three passed balls. It was too much for the Cougars to overcome.
Callie Ratcliffe scored the first run of the game as she singled to center, stole second, moved to second on a ground out, and scored on another ground out by Sindie Hedge. Ratcliffe scored again in the third. She singled to left and moved to second as Chelsey Gravely walked. A double by Hedge scored both runs, but Hedge was thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a triple.
In the fourth, Kayla Price singled, stole second and came home on a double by Chelsea Doss. Jade Murray singled to right to put Doss at third. Doss scored on a single by Ashley Curtis, but Murray was left stranded at third.
Gravely belted a triple to open the fifth for the Cougars and scored on a single by Hedge. The Cougars’ final run came in the seventh when pinch hitter Caleigh Phibbs walked, stole second, moved to third on a ground out, and scored on a ground out to first.
The Cougars collected eight hits. Ratcliffe finished with two, while Gravely, Hedge, Price, Doss, Murray and Curtis each added one.
Murray took the loss for the Cougars. She gave up 12 runs (seven earned) on 12 hits. She walked three and struck out six across 5 1/3 innings. Doss finished the sixth. She gave up two runs (earned) and no hits. She walked two and fanned one. Ratcliffe came in to pitch the final inning. She gave up one run (earned) on one hit. She walked one and struck out one in one inning of action. Katie Muscatello earned the victory for the Bruins.
The Cougars finish their season with a 9-7 record.