By Rodney Young
Christiansburg- Traveling to Christiansburg to play in the opening round of the River Ridge District, the Cougar baseball season came to an ends the fell to the Blue Demons by a score of 13-5. It was a tale similar to most other games this season, as they made multiple errors and didn’t get the the big key hit.
Five errors and fourteen runners left on base was their undoing. It was a strange game in the fact that a 5 p.m. start time was moved back to 7 p.m. for Christiansburg to get the field playable. Then in the top of the third inning with Pulaski trailing 3-0, the Cougars had two outs when the ballgame was delayed for lightning. The game finally resumed at 9:30 p.m.
The Blue Demons got three runs in the bottom the first on a towering Seth Wills home run over the right field fence.
Pulaski County got on the scoreboard in the top of fourth when senior Tyler Dotson singled in Jed Singleton.
The Demons would answer with two runs to go up 5-1, and added a couple more in their half of the fifth to made it 7-2.
The top of the sixth saw the Cougars cross the plate three times, with Tyler Blevins hitting a sacrifice fly to score Jake Tabor. J.D. Sutphin then singled in Dotson, and Singleton would draw a base on balls forcing in Brayden Morris to cut the Demon lead to 7-5.
The wheels would fall of the wagon for the Cougars in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Blue Demons lead off man flew out, then five straight batters would reach base to go up 9-5. With the base loaded, Ryan Saunders hit a grand slam over the right centerfield fence to stick a fork in the Cougars season.
Christiansburg got five innings on the mound from starter Aaron Jackson. He gave up two runs and five hits, walking six and striking out eight. Seth Wills was one of two, knocking in three runs. Saunders had five RBI’s and was three of four from the dish.
J.D. Sutphin had two hits for the Coguars ,was hit by a pitch, scored one run and knocking in one. Jed Singleton was two for two with two walks and two RBI. Tyler Dotson and Blevins both had one run knocked in. Logan Alley went the first four innings on the mound in a losing effort. He gave up five runs but just three are earned. He allowed five hits and struck out three.
“It’s a tough pill to swallow,” said Cougar Head Coach Doug Dunavant. “The seniors just played their last game as a Cougar. They will miss the game, its a great game. We didn’t play well all year. To many mistakes and we didn’t hit the ball at key times. Our mentality isn’t and wasn’t what it needs to be We left 14 runners on base tonight. Missed opportunities cost us all year. I hate it for the seniors.”
R H E LOB
PC 5 7 5 14
CB 13 13 3 6
PC- LP (MORRIS )
CB- WILLS, SAUNDERS