Lady Cougars split pair against Bluffton | Sports | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | April 14, 2016 5:00 am
Last Updated: April 13, 2016 at 4:03 pm
By ROBERT DRIGGERS
Photos by JIM KILLIAN
The Colleton County Lady Cougars split the region matchup with Bluffton last week, winning (4-3) on the road and losing (11-1) at home.
The Cougars scored two runs in the first and two in the third to take an early 4-0 lead. The Bobcats rallied for a single run in each of the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, bringing them to within one run.
With two outs and Bobcat runners in scoring position, Bluffton’s Jordyn Parker hit a line drive to right field for the apparent game-winning hit. The Lady Cougars, however, got a big break when the home-plate umpire called Parker out for contact with the ball outside the batter’s box. The home-plate call put the conference win in the books for Colleton County.
The Lady Cougars recorded base hits from Hallie Robertson, Brittany Risher, Makala Hunt and Courtney Morris. Skylar Chambers won her third straight game, pitching seven innings, while scattering five hits. “This was a really big game for us, as we went on the road to get the win,” said Coach Amber Gantt. “Skylar pitched a great game and we got timely hits when we needed them.”
Colleton County hosted James Island Tuesday night at Adams Field. Unfortunately, it was not the Lady Cougars’ night, losing 11-5. The Trojans pounded out 10 hits to go along with eight Colleton County errors. “This was just not our night defensively, as we made too many errors to win a ball game,” said Assistant Coach Roger Gantt. “We simply cannot give teams extra outs and extra at-bats during a game.”
Pitcher Sarah Way recorded the loss for the Lady Cougars. Offensively, the Cougars recorded multiple hits from Way, Lauren Dewitt, and Brittany Risher, who went three-for-three during the game. “Offensively, we hit the ball well, with 10 hits,” said Gantt. “We were happy to get Dewitt back in the lineup for the first time this year and she responded with two hits,” said Gantt.
Wednesday night saw a rematch with Bluffton; however, the Bobcats exploded for 15 hits and took advantage of seven Lady Cougar errors for an 11-1 win. The Bobcats scored four runs in the first, one in the third, three in the fourth, and three in the fifth to secure the win. Offensively, the Cougars were led by hot-hitting Brittany Risher, who went 1-2 for the game and finished 6-for-8 during the week. Dewitt went 2-for-3 and Jamoni Sanders had a triple in her two plate appearances.
Gantt stated the defense was the deciding factor in the game. “Our defense let us down,” stated Gantt. “Any time you give a team seven additional outs, there are bound to be consequences. I really think it is more mental errors than physical. We are getting to the ball, but just have a hard time completing the play.”
The varsity is now 3-8 on the season and 1-3 in region play. They will face undefeated region opponent Ashley Ridge this week, along with a non-region game against Hanahan.