The Grayson County Cougars braved the brisk weather to no avail facing the Mustangs of Muhlenberg County this past Monday in their first non-conference home game.
With a final score of 3-1, the Cougars now fall to an even record with one win and a loss.
Grayson County pitcher Riley Mudd gave a valiant effort, striking out 10 Mustangs in seven innings and showing a mighty skill set that will continue to serve the Cougars well as the season progresses.
The home-team made a strong showing early in the first inning by retiring the side with an outstanding double play that brought the Cougar crowd to a roar.
Later in the same inning, infielder Hunter Shiarella reached base off a Mustang error and proceeded to steal second after a wild pitch by the Muhlenberg County star pitcher. With runners on base, center fielder Bryson Lowe hit an RBI single which put the Cougars on the scoreboard first.
Riley Mudd then took control by striking out five of the next seven Mustang batters before reaching difficulties midways through the fourth inning. With an RBI single, the Mustangs managed to tie the score and threatened to take the lead with runners in scoring position before the Cougars regained composure. Mudd struck out the next two batters to end the top of the fourth. The Cougar batters followed up with a runner on third but fell short in scoring the go-ahead run to end the inning.
After a relatively quiet fifth and sixth innings, the score remained tied until Muhlenberg County batters caught fire in the top of the seventh.
The Mustangs looked poised to score off an extra base hit that eventually led to the two go-ahead runs.
With the final inning at hand, Grayson County refused to go down without a fight. Pitcher Riley Mudd showcased his batting skills providing a hard hit double that gave the Cougars some life—but it proved to be too little too late as the Mustangs went home with the win.
Muhlenberg County improved their record to 2-0 with wins over Grayson County and Hopkins County Central. The Mustangs prove to be a competitive team as the season moves forward with these two impressive outings.
The Cougars’ next game will be March 15 at 5 p.m. at Don Lee field. They will be facing Elizabethtown.