By KIM NELSON
ROANOKE–The Cougars defeated the Knights in the two teams’ first meeting of the season, but this time around, Pulaski County couldn’t find it’s offense and Cave Spring didn’t have a problem at all. The host Knights came away with a 12-2 win over the Cougars as the Cougars committed eight errors in the contest.
The Cougars pushed one cross in the top half of the inning as Callie Ratcliffe was hit-by-pitch, moved to second when Sindie Hedge was walked. Ratcliffe stole third and Hedge moved to second. Kayla Price connected on a single to score Ratcliffe, giving the Cougars the early 1-0 lead.
Cave Spring answered in the bottom with four runs in its first at-bat to make it 4-1, Cave Spring.
The Knights added one in the second as Jesmine Brickey connected on an infield hit, stole second, moved to third on an error, and scored on a sacrifice fly.
Cave Spring added all it would need in the third as the Knights plated eight runs off of four singles, a double, five Cougar errors, and two stolen bases, to give them a 12-1 advantage.
The Cougars could not get their bats going this time as the only remaining run of the game came in the fifth. Price doubled up the middle, moved to third on a single by Jade Murray and scored on a Cave Spring error.
Ratcliffe suffered the loss for the Cougars. She gave up five runs (four earned) on seven hits. She walked two in two innings of work. Murray came on in relief, giving up seven runs (four earned) on six hits. She struck out one across two innings.
The Cougars collected six hits with Price having two, Murray, Sierra Martin, Shianne Buckner, and Ashley Curtis each notching one.
The loss drops the Cougars to 8-6 on the season.