By Don Brown
After back-to-back 12th District wins, 3-1 at Edmonson County on Tuesday, and 12-0 Wednesday at6 Whitesville, the Cougar baseball team is in the catbird seat with a perfect 3-0 district record.
Wednesday against Trinity, right-hander Joey Henry had perhaps his best game ever as he held the Raiders scoreless in his six innings of work. Henry retired the first 15 batters he faced before giving up a leadoff single to Trinity’s Skyler Dickens in the sixth inning.
Henry gave up just the one hit, walked one and struck out 11 to gain the win. Dalton Logsdon relieved in the sixth inning, allowing no runs and no hits while striking out one.
The Cougars found the going tough in their first two innings against Trinity starter Nathaniel Mills, who allowed three hits but no runs until the third when the Cougars broke through for two runs.
A leadoff single by Logan Ramsey, and one-out walk to Henry and an infield single by Logsdon loaded the bases. Mills then hit Jakob Clemons to drive in the first run, before Joseph Anthony lofted a fly ball to left that brought Henry home on the sacrifice to make it 2-0.
The score stayed that way until the fifth inning, when the Cougars sent 11 men to the plate and scored seven times.
With one out, Justin Calvert tripled into the right-field corner, then scored on a single by designated hitter Logan Nichols, who was replaced on the bases by Wyatt Skaggs.
After Jameson Van Meter walked, Ramsey’s single to right plated Skaggs to make it 4-0. Ty Davis then singled to left to drive in two more runs, making it 6-0.
Henry helped himself out by imitating Calvert and tripling into the corner in right to drive in Davis. Logsdon then drove a ball through the infield to bring Henry home to make it 8-0.
Logsdon stole second before Clemons was plunked for the second time. The Raiders then replaced Mills on the mound with Dickens, who uncorked a wild pitch to move both runners up a base. Anthony followed with a sacrifice fly to left that drove in the final run of the inning that made it 9-0.
The Raiders threatened in the sixth after Dickens broke up Henry’s perfect-game bid with a leadoff single. Henry struck out the next two Raider batters, but walked Dalton Payne to put runners at first and second. Henry then closed out the potential rally by striking out Will Howard to end the inning.
Grayson County added three more runs in the top of the seventh. Nichols walked leading off and went to second when Van Meter was hit by a pitch. Ramsey doubled down the line in right to drive in Nichols and put runners at second and third.
Van Meter scored on a wild pitch as Ramsey moved to third. Davis grounded to third for the first out of the inning, and Ramsey was able to come home on the play to make it 12-0.
The Cougars were able to put runners at the corners with just one out, but Dickens retired Clemons and Anthony to close out the rally.