The Cougar baseball team brought its summer season to a glorious conclusion last Friday evening as two wins gave them the championship of the Twin Lakes Baseball Conference.
In the semi-final round, an eight-run fourth inning propelled them to a 13-5 win over Owensboro, putting them into the championship game, where they would face Daviess County.
In what turned out to be an old-fashioned pitcher’s duel, the Cougars got a fifth-inning, two-run double from Logan Ramsey and Joseph Anthony pitched a no-hitter to record a 2-0 win to take the title.
Grayson County grabbed the early lead with a pair of runs in the top of the first inning. Ramsey led off with a double to the wall in right-center, then scored when Wyatt Skaggs doubled to the wall in left-center.
With one out, starting pitcher Dalton Logsdon hit a high pop fly behind first base which no one could get to and it fell in for the Cougars’ third double of the inning as Skaggs crossed the plate to make it 2-0.
Anthony, playing left in the first game, followed with a single to center which appeared to have driven in Logsdon from second, but KLogsdon was called out on a close play at the plate. Owensboro pitcher, Darrell Boehmann then got Dylan Woodcock to ground out to end the inning.
Owensboro wasted no time in answering back as they scored three times in the bottom of the first to take a 3-2 lead. Second baseman Myles Walker doubled leading off before Logsdon hit third-baseman Janole Cosby to put runners at first and second.
Center-fielder Trenton Conliff cleared the bases with a triple into the right-field corner to tie the game at 2-2. Conliff later scored on a ground out to put the Red Devils in front 3-2.
Grayson County tied the game with an unearned run in the third inning after two were out. Skaggs reached base on an error leading off the inning, but was erased when Ty Davis hit into a 6-4-3 double play.
Logsdon followed with a single, stole second base, then reached third on a wild pitch. Anthony followed with a walk, then stole second base. When catcher Darian Dull’s throw went into center field, Logsdon came in to score to tie it at 3-3.
The Cougars then put the game on ice in the fourth as they sent 12 batters to the plate and scored eight times. The Cougars loaded the bases with one out and the first run scored when Ramsey was forced at second on a ground ball by Skaggs for the second out of the inning.
Davis followed with a double to drive in another run before Logsdon walked to reload the bases. Anthony was hit by a pitch to bring in a run to make it 6-3 before Woodcock singled to bring in two more runs. Bret Crawford followed with a walk to load the bases once more for second baseman Chance Perkins, who sent a screaming double to the wall in left-center that cleared the bases to make it 11-3.
The Cougars added two more runs in the top of the fifth. Ramsey was hit by a pitch leading off and went to second on a single by Skaggs. Davis doubled to right to bring in Ramsey and put runners at second and third. Skaggs then scored on a wild pitch to make it 13-3.
Two Cougar errors and an Owensboro single led to a pair of unearned runs off Logsdon in the fifth, but he struck out right-fielder Clay Knight and got Boehmann to pop out to end the game.
Logsdon pitched all five innings for the Cougars allowing just three earned runs on five hits. He walked two and struck out eight to earn the win and put his team into the championship game.
Grayson County’s Anthony and Daviess County’s Stuart Curry were locked up in an outstanding pitcher’s duel the entire game before the Cougars broke through in their final at bat.
Curry pitched well enough to win. Through the first three innings, the slow-working right-hander had allowed just one base runner. Anthony walked with one out in the second, stole second base, but was thrown out trying to steal third.
Curry struck out seven of the first nine batters he faced. But after striking out the side in the third inning, the Cougars began getting their bats on the ball. After two ground ball outs in the fourth inning, back-to-back walks to Davis and Logsdon put a runner in scoring position. But Curry was able to get Anthony to ground out to end the inning.
As good as Curry was for Daviess County, Anthony a=was even better for the Cougars. For the game, Anthony allowed just two Daviess County base runners. He walked a batter with one out in the first, but struck out the next two batters to end the inning.
In the second inning, Anthony hit third baseman Jack Schneider with two outs, but got the next man to ground to end that inning.
That was it for the Panthers as Anthony completed the game with a five-inning no-hitter. Anthony finished the game with 12 strike outs.
Grayson County got its runs in the top of the fifth after two were out. Woodcock grounded out leading off and Crawford flew out to right for the first two outs.
Perkins followed with a single to left before right-fielder Corbin Harris walked. With Ramsey at the plate, both runners moved up a base on a Curry wild pitch. Ramsey worked the count to 2-1 before getting hold of a high fastball, which he hammered to the wall in left-center to bring in both runners.
Curry retired Skaggs on a ground out to end the inning, but the damage had been done. Anthony then worked a 1-2-3 bottom of the inning, the final two outs on strike-outs, to seal the victory and give the Cougars the summer title.