Barren County pitcher, Cole Scott, baffled Cougar hitters for seven innings last Saturday as the Trojans defeated the Cougars 1-0 at Don Lee Field.
In the first game of a three-way round robin, the Cougars smothered visiting Holy Cross, of Louisville, 12-4.
Scott, a big, burly right-hander, did not throw especially hard, but his wide assortment of off-speed pitches kept the Cougars guessing wrongly all day. Scott allowed no runs on six hits, all singles, walked two and struck out six. He was perfect for the first three and 2/3 innings before Wyatt Skaggs singled up the middle to break up any no-hit bid.
Scott was only in trouble twice in the game. A walk to Jameson Van Meter and another Skaggs single put runners at first and second with two outs in the sixth inning. Joseph Anthony followed with a single to right, but Van Meter was thrown out by 10 or 15 feet by right-fielder Ty Hay to end the inning.
In the Cougars’ last at bat, they had the potential tying and winning runs at second and third with two outs, but shortstop Dylan Yaden took a called third strike from Scott to end the game.
Junior right-hander Zach Roberson started for the Cougars and absorbed the loss. Roberson pitched well enough to win, but the Cougars just could not break through against Scott. Roberson allowed just one earned run on five hits while walking two and striking out five.
The Trojans threatened in the first inning against Roberson, loading the bases with no outs. Roberson got Scott to fly to shallow left for the first out, then induced third-baseman Clay Groce to hit a tapper back to the box. Roberson threw to catcher Logan Ramsey for the force at home, and Ramsey completed the inning-ending double play by firing to Jordan Turner at first to retire Groce.
The Trojans scored the only run of the game in the second inning. With one out, Ellis Wininger, the Trojan DH, was safe on an infield single. One out later, second-baseman Bryton McGuire sent a little pop-up that fell for a hit behind third base. Shortstop Barret Billingsly then doubled to the wall in left-center to drive in Wininger with the run. Roberson retired the next batter on a groundout, but the damage had been done.
Gage Akridge relieved Roberson in the sixth inning with a Trojan runner at first. He got Wininger to hit into a double play, then struck out Grayson Hyatt to end that inning. Akridge worked a 1-2-3 seventh inning to keep the Cougar hopes alive, but ultimately had to settle for the loss.