In a game that saw both teams compile 32 hits and 19 runs, the Cougar baseball team came out on top 12-7 over the visiting Muhlenberg County Mustangs last Tuesday at Don Lee Field.
Senior right-hander Jameson Van Meter pitched the first five innings for the Cougars to pick up the win, allowing four earned runs on 11 hits. He walked no one and struck out two. Sophomore lefty Gage Akridge pitched the final two innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out four.
Logan Ramsey had three hits, including a double, in four trips to the plate. He drove in one and scored two runs. Van Meter was 3-for-5 with two runs driven in and two runs scored. Wyatt Skaggs scored twice and drove in two with his 3-for-4 day. Dylan Yaden also had a fine day at the plate with three hits in four trips, two runs driven in and three runs scored.
The Cougars sent nine men to the plate in both the second and third innings. They scored five times in the second inning and three more in the third to take a commanding 9-2 lead, then held off the Mustangs the rest of the way.
Grayson County took a 1-0 lead with a run in the first inning. With one out, Van Meter singled, moved to second on a wild pitch, then scored on a single by Skaggs.
After the Mustangs tied it at 1-1 with a run in the top of the second, the Cougars took the lead for good with five runs in the bottom of the inning. Yaden and Skaggs both had RBI singles in the inning. Two runs scored on a Mustang error and the other run scored on a bases-loaded balk.
The Mustangs scored a run in the top of the third, but the Cougars answered with three more in the bottom half of the inning. Hunter Shiarella led off with a single, was sacrificed to second, then scored on a double by Yaden. Van Meter drove in the second run of the inning with a double down the line in left before Joseph Anthony plated the final run with a sacrifice fly to right.
The Mustangs got to Van Meter for two runs in the top of the fifth, but Grayson County added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth after two were out to make it 11-4. Ramsey drove in the first run with a double, then he scored on a single by Van Meter.
Akridge took the mound in the sixth and gave up a run on a single, a walk and a double. He retired the next two batters to strand a pair of base runners in scoring position.
The Cougars got their final run in the bottom of the sixth when Anthony led off the inning by blasting a home run to left center.
A double and a single plated a run for the Mustangs in the seventh inning before Akridge struck out the next two batters. He had a 1-2 count on Neil Kirkpatrick, but the Mustang center-fielder hit a double to the fence in center to drive in another run to make it 12-7. Akridge then recorded the final out by getting Will Broady to ground out to Yaden at short.
With the win, the Cougars improved to 12-6 on the year.