Cougars win on unearned run in fifth

By Don Brown

June 11, 2014

Playing their first game of the summer baseball season in the Twin Lakes Baseball Conference, the Cougar nine scored a run in the bottom of the fifth inning to beat the visiting Breckinridge County Tigers 1-0.

The two teams had been locked up in a classic pitcher’s duel, with Grayson County’s Gage Akridge matching Breck’s pitcher (no name available) pitch for pitch. Akridge allowed the Tigers just four base-runners the whole game and he picked off two of those. The lefty allowed just one hit, walked one and struck out five.

The Tiger hurler kept the Cougars off the bases for the most part. He allowed just two hits, but hit a pair of batters. The run in the bottom of the fifth scored on an error, making it unearned.

The Tigers’ Payton Hobby walked with one out in the first inning, but was forced at second base by Trey Woosley. Akridge then struck out the designated hitter to end the inning.

Grayson Sosh reached base on an error in the third inning, then stole second. After Akridge retired the next batter on a groundout, he picked off Sosh at second for the second out of the inning. He then struck out the next batter to retire the side.

Hobby reached base in the fourth with a one-out hit, the only hit of the day for the Tigers, then stole second base. But once again, Akridge picked him off at second for the second out, then got Woosley to ground out to end the inning. Akridge worked a 1-2-3 fifth inning before the Cougars scored to end things.

The Cougars had runners at the corners with two outs in the second inning, but Parker Cain grounded into a force out to end that threat.

The Cougars finally got through in the fifth for the only run of the game as the Tiger defense made three errors in the inning. With one out, Logan Stevenson reached base on an error by the shortstop.

Cole Akridge followed with a looper into right that fell in for a hit. Stevenson, thinking the ball might be caught, had to hold about half way to second. When the ball fell in, Tiger right-fielder Trevor Bishop had Stevenson dead to rights at second, but his throw was wide of the bag and Stevenson was safe, putting runners at first and second with just one out.

Gage Akridge followed by hitting a slow roller to Colton Masterson at second, who tried for the force on Cole at second, but his throw was not in time and the Cougars had the bases loaded.

That brought up Cain, who hit the first pitch he saw on a two-hopper to Brock at short. Brock’s throw to catcher Brad Higdon was in plenty of time to force a sliding Stevenson, but Higdon just dropped the ball, allowing Stevenson to score the winning run.