By KIM NELSON
DUBLIN–Pulaski County raised its district record to 3-0 this past week as the Cougar jayvee softball team upended a visiting Hidden Valley team, 7-5. The first inning was quiet for both teams, but in the second stanza the Cougars came alive. Helped by a couple Hidden Valley errors, Pulaski County plated six runs in the second.
The first three Cougar batters all reached first on an error to load the bases. Callie Ratcliffe singled home Shianne Buckner for PCHS’s first run. Ashley Curtis walked to bring home Jade Murray, and Kayla Price belted a single to left to score Katie Akers and Ratcliffe. A single by Caitie Cox allowed Curtis and Price to score for a 6-0 advantage. Things were looking good for the Cougars.
In the third, Pulaski County added another run as Ratcliffe walked and stole second. Chelsey Gravely connected on a RBI-double to make it 7-0.
However, in the fourth inning Hidden Valley started making some noise of its own. Kiana Cook double down the left field line and took third on a passed ball. The next HV batter reached on a Cougar error, and moved to second on a passed ball to put runners on second and third. An error in the Cougar outfield allowed both runners to score as Emerald Hullen reached first. The Cougars managed to get the next two batters out before Lauren Pauley singled to put runners on first and second and Dabney Ward hit an RBI-single to score Hullen, closing the gap to 7-3.
Hidden Valley scored another run in the fifth off of a bunt for a single, a stolen base, a passed ball, and an error, making it 7-4. In their final at-bat, the Titans managed to scratch the scoreboard again on two Cougar errors, a ground out and passed ball to make it 7-5. That was as close as they would get as the Cougars retired the next three batters.
Murray (4-1) picked up the win. She gave up four runs (one earned) on five hits. She walked two and struck out five across 5 innings. Ratcliffe recorded the save, finishing out the final two innings. She gave up one unearned run and fanned three.
Pulaski County collected 10 hits against Hidden Valley. Gravely had three, Ratcliffe two, and Curtis, Price, Sindie Hedge, Cox, and Murray each added one.
The Cougars, now 6-4 overall after the win, will travel to Radford on Wednesday for a 5 p.m. contest.