By Rodney Young
SWT Sports Writer
Roanoke- “Finally.” “Sweet.” “About time.” Those are just a few of the words that could be heard from players, coaches and fans Thursday evening. The excitement was over the Cougars getting a much deserved River Ridge District victory, defeating the Cave Spring Knights 15-7 in Roanoke.
The Cougars (6-9, 1-6) got good pitching performances from starter Logan Alley, Brandon Huff and Brayden Morris, who finished off the victory with his second save of the year. Alley got his first win as he went 4.1 innings giving up four runs,just two of those earned, striking out two. Huff then came in and did his job, but errors by the Cougar defense proved very costly. Morris went 2.2 innings giving up just two hits and strking out one.
Right-fielder JD Sutphin was two of three at the plate with a double, knocked in three and scored once. Morris went three of four with two RBI’s and three runs scored. Berkley Meredith, Jed Singleton, and Tyler Blevins all knocked in two runs apiece. Singleton, Alley, Meredith, Tyler Dotson all scored twice.
Cave Spring was led by J.T. Roberts, who was two of four at the plate, scored one run, and had two RBI’s. Griffin Stanley went three for four with one run scored and one RBI.
Pulaski struck for two runs in the second with JD Sutphin double off the left field fence scoring Morris and Alley. Then in the third the Cougars erupted for seven runs, sending twelve batters to the plate to take a 9-0 lead.
The Knights struck for seven in the bottom of the fifth, with the Cougars committing three huge errors allowing five of those runs to be unearned.
Despite failing to finish in previous game, the Cougars weren’t going to be denied this time. They came right back for six runs in the top of the sixth, scoring all those before making their first out of the inning. Singleton, Alley, and Dustin Dishon all came up with big hits in the inning. Morris would then shut the Knights down giving up just one hit in the sixth. In the seventh he gave up a base on balls to start off the inning before he induced Brett Meyers to hit into a double play. The next batter hit a pop out to second to end the game. The players smiles said it all, and the relief in their faces was very obvious.
“It feels so good to get into the win column,” said a very happy Cougar Head Coach Doug Dunavant. “Alley, Huff and Morris all did their jobs. We hit the ball some tonight. We even got some two strike hitting. I’m really happy for the guys. It was a great win, just a great victory.”
The Cougars now turn around and go back to Roanoke to take on Hidden Valley. That game was scheduled for Friday, results should be posted in our Tuesday edition.
R H E LOB
PC 15 12 3 8
CS 7 11 1 6
PC- WP (Alley 1-1)
CS- LP ( Snyder)