Cougars go 1-2 in Spring Break H.I.T | Sports | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | April 6, 2016 5:00 pm
Last Updated: April 6, 2016 at 11:24 am
By CINDY CROSBY
The Colleton County Cougar Varsity Baseball team participated in the Spring Break H.I.T Tournament, going 1-2 across three days of play.
On Monday March 28, the Cougars traveled to Hanahan High School where they took on Northside Christian School from Charlotte, N.C. The Cougars earned the 5-4 win in extra innings, when Tim Hickman singled to drive in Lucas Bell.
Kaleb Gibson went five innings on the mound for Colleton County, allowing two earned runs on three hits. Gibson walked three and collected seven strikeouts. Michael Thigpen threw three innings of middle relief, allowing two earned runs on five hits. Thigpen collected one strikeout in his outing and issued two walks. Lake Boseman came in to close out the game and earned the win with 13 pitches.
Henry Gibson was 2-4 at the plate, while Tim Hickman was 2-5. Cody Cox, Thigpen and Bell each had one hit in the game.
The Cougars then faced St. Rita High School from Chicago, Ill., which came in to the tournament ranked as a top-10 team in THE country. Colleton County lost 13-2 in the shortened game. Hickman and Thigpen each collected one hit in the game.
Lake Boseman earned the start for the Cougars and lasted through two innings. He allowed six earned runs on two hits, issuing five walks with one K. Clay Lockerman entered for 1.1 inning of relief, allowing four earned runs on three hits with two walks. Ethan Bryan closed out the game, allowing two earned runs on one hit, issuing four walks and collecting a strikeout.
Against Academic Magnet on Wednesday March 30, the Cougars fell 6-1 in their final game of the tournament. Trailing 2-1 going into the top of the seventh, Colleton County fell victim to their short staff and a timely hit, combined with several errors. The Cougars had three hits in the game: Lucas Bell belted a double, while Cox and Thigpen had singles.
Reese Penfield had his first start of the season on the bump, throwing a complete game. He allowed one earned run on nine hits, collecting four strikeouts with one issued walk in the seventh.
The Cougars will be back in action against region opponent Bluffton this week.