By KIM NELSON
RADFORD–Things started out slow for Pulaski County as the Cougar jayvee softball team traveled to Radford recently. The first inning saw both teams struggled offensively, but little by little the Cougars got their bats going to come away with a 13-0 lead after five innings of action.
After pushing across one run off of a walk and three errors in the second inning, the Cougars scored four in the third. Designated player Callie Ratcliffe reached first on an error and stole second. Chelsey Gravely walked and both moved on a passed ball before Kayla Price belted a double up the middle to plate Ratcliffe and Sindie Hedge reached on an error by the Radford pitcher, allowing two more runs to score. A passed ball put Hedge on third and she scored on a ground out by Cougar pitcher Jade Murray, to make it 5-0 Cougars.
The Cougars went three-up-three-down in the fourth, but the fifth saw Pulaski County pad its lead by scoring three more runs. Ashley Curtis singled and went to second on an error by the Radford outfield. She moved to third on a passed ball. Price walked and stole second to put runners on the second and third. A double by Murray plated both Curtis and Price. Murray moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch to give the Cougars a 8-0 advantage in the fifth.
In the sixth, it was all Cougars. Caleigh Phibbs reached on an error by the Radford short stop and took second on a passed ball. Gravely walked to put runners on first and second. A sacrifice by Brooklyn Beaubouef moved the runners to second and third. Phibbs scored on a wild pitch, leaving Gravely at third. Price connected on a single to left to score Gravely. Hedge reached on an error and stole second. Price scored on a wild pitch, leaving Hedge at third. Chelsey Doss walked and took second on a wild pitch, plating Hedge. Tayler Robertson walked and a double by Erica Seagle cleared the bases, but Seagle was left stranded at second for the final margin of victory.
The Cougars collected five hits against the Bobcats. Price had two, Curtis, Murray, and Seagle each had one.
Murray picked up the victory for the Cougars. She gave up one hit and struck out three across five innings. Doss came in to finish out the game. She gave up one hit and struck out two.
The Cougars, now 7-5, were slated to travel to Cave Spring on Tuesday and will travel to Hidden Valley on Friday for a 5 p.m. contest.