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Cougars speared by Spartans

By RODNEY YOUNG

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Susan Burchett/SWT – Catcher Logan Burchett waits for the ball.

The weather outside was pleasant, but it was all spoiled by a subpar performance by the Cougar baseball team Tuesday against the Salem Spartans.

 

Salem took advantage of Cougar fielding mistakes and errors as they slaughter-ruled the home standing Cougars 15-5 in six innings. Pulaski County committed a season high 10 errors.

 

The defending state champions scored 10 unearned runs as they collected nine hits and also drew nine walks off the Cougar pitchers.

 

Zion Honaker pitched five innings for the Spartans. He scattered five hits and struck out five. He knocked in two runs and scored one as he went two for five at the plate. Besides Honaker, five other Spartans also had two RBI each. Jaden Fetrow, Caleb Lingenfelter, Hunter Jensen, Parker Stallard and Zion’s brother Zach Honaker. Michael Morrison had three hits for the visiting Spartans.

 

Pulaski County was led at the plate by Chris Remington as he stroked a double and triple, knocked in two runs and scored one. Punky Foster was one for three, scoring a run and earning an RBI. Logan Burchett scored two runs and Noah Massie added one. Chris Remington took the loss as he lasted only two-thirds of an inning. He faced eight batters walking three, hitting two batters and giving up one hit. With the loss, their record falls to 2-7 overall and 0-5 in River Ridge District play.

 

“We just keeping big mistakes against very good teams,” said a disappointed Cougar Head Coach Greg Allen. “We beat Botetourt mainly because we played clean baseball. We can’t win or beat good teams like we play by making all these errors. We are very inconsistent and we are beating ourselves.”

 

Besides the 10 Pulaski County errors, their pitchers allowed nine walks, three wild pitches, two hit batters and one balk.

 

The Cougars go on the road Friday as they travel to Christiansburg. First pitch is slated for 5 p.m.

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