Cougars allow 25 walks in series | Sports | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | April 29, 2016 5:00 pm
Last Updated: April 27, 2016 at 2:20 pm
By CINDY CROSBY
Photo by Jim Killian
The Colleton County Cougar Baseball team saw its season come to an end last week, following three consecutive losses in the series against Fort Dorchester. The series stats tell the story for Colleton County. At the plate, the Cougars scored four runs on 13 hits, with five issued walks and 29 strikeouts. The Patriots scored 13 runs on 13 hits with 25 issued walks and 20 strikeouts.
In a game where the Cougars out-hit Fort Dorchester, they still managed a 6-4 loss in the road game. The Cougars scored first in the top of the second and held the Patriots scoreless until the bottom of the third, when costly walks allowed four runs to plate. The Cougars rallied back in the top of the fourth inning, scoring three and tying the game at four runs. Fort Dorchester pushed across two runs in the bottom of the fifth before the call to the bullpen came for Colleton County.
The pitching staff struggled, allowing 11 walks in the game. Michael Thigpen went 4 1/3 innings, surrendering nine walks and allowing six runs on three hits. Clay Lockerman provided 1 2/3 innings of relief, walking two and giving up only one hit. Leading the offensive effort for the Cougars was Lucas Bell with two hits in the game. Reese Penfield, Thigpen, Alan Grym, Lockerman and Kaleb Gibson each collected a hit.
In Wednesday’s home game, it was the flip side of the coin for the Cougars in the 3-0 loss against the Patriots. The Cougar pitching staff issued walks, but managed to keep the damage to a minimal. However, the bats went silent. Fort Dorchester scored all three of their runs in the top of the second inning.
Kaleb Gibson went 4 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on two hits. Gibson earned four strikeouts and issued five walks. In 2 2/3 innings of relief, Alan Grym allowed no runs and gave up a single hit. He notched five strikeouts and surrendered three walks. On offense, Trey Nettles had his first varsity career hit and Lucas Bell singled.
In game three of the series, the Cougars were shutout 4-0 in what would be their final game of the season. Fort Dorchester scored two runs in the first and plated two additional runs in the game. Lake Boseman started for Colleton County, but lasted just 1 1/3 inning due to a nagging injury. Grym and Lockerman combined for four walks and allowed two runs on five hits.
The Colleton County offense would be sent to the dugout 12 times in the game. Penfield, Josh Kinard and Thigpen provided the only hits in the game.
The Cougars finished the season 4-16 overall and 1-11 in region competition.