Cougars split doubleheader with Cavs

By RODNEY YOUNG

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HILLSVILLE – Due to the recent bad weather the Pulaski County and Carroll County baseball teams were forced into playing a double header Thursday. More trouble came about when the game wasn’t able to start at the expected 4:30 p.m. One of the officials didn’t show up until 5:05 for the two games, which allowed them to start at 5:10 p.m. Immediately after the start, yes, it started to sprinkle rain.

 

Carroll County won the first contest 7-2 behind the pitching of Kyle Robinson. He threw all five innings striking out four and had a shut out until Caleb Kirtner hit a two-run homer with two out in the fifth. He allowed just four hits in the contest.

 

Kirtner not only homered but he also had a single. The only other Cougar with a hit was Trent Blankenship, as he was two for three. He had singles in the first and third innings.

 

Going to the bottom of the third and no score, the Cavaliers got in the head of Cougar starting pitcher Brandon Neel. They sent 12 batters to the plate and scored seven times. The Cougars committed two big errors, allowed three hits, a walk and two hit batters in the Carroll County uprising. Six different Cavaliers had an RBI and seven different players score a run. Designated hitter Hunter Nestor was one for one, with a run scored and a RBI.

 

The second game was played in a steady light rain from start to finish and the Cougars came back from being down 3-0 going into bottom of the third before they broke loose.

 

Pulaski County scored seven runs on five hits, sending 12 batters to the plate. Jon Osteen had a big two run single to help back Kellen Dalton on the mound. Dalton surrendered three runs but only one was earned as he scattered five hits. Bailey Ayers, Jonathan Minnick, Braeden Blevins, Hunter Shrewsbury and Caleb Kirtner all knocked in a run in the big third inning. Seven Cougars scored a run as Dalton improved to 4-0 on the mound and the Cougars improved to 6-4 on the season.

 

“We made some mistakes in the third inning of the first game that beat us,“ said Cougar head coach Jared King. “When you play just five innings your mistakes are magnified and Carroll County made us pay for them.“

 

“Kellen Dalton keeps giving us a chance to win a game,” King said about the second game. “This was a big win for us after losing the opening game of this doubleheader. I like how we battled back in this second game. We were down 3-0 in the third after losing the first game. We competed and battled in this second game. I’m proud of the way we responded. I give a lot of credit to the Carroll County staff here this evening. This wasn’t ideal conditions but they kept working on the infield and we got both games in.”

 

Pulaski County is scheduled to take on Cave Spring Monday and Salem Wednesday, both at home. Those are the top two teams in the River Ridge District. Both games are slated for 5 p.m.

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