Thigpen notches 11 K’s for region win | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | April 14, 2016 5:00 pm
Last Updated: April 13, 2016 at 3:52 pm
By CINDY CROSBY
Photos by JIM KILLIAN
The Colleton County Cougar Baseball team faced region foe Bluffton in a three-game series last week. The Cougars dropped the first two games, before earning a win in game three behind the stellar performance of Michael Thigpen on the mound. Thigpen hurled a complete game, notching 11 strikeouts and allowing one earned run on three hits.
In game one of the series, Colleton County took the 12-7 loss at Cougar Park. The Cougars scored two runs in the bottom of the first and held the Bobcats scoreless through four innings. Bluffton tied things up in the top of the fifth inning and tacked on two additional runs in the sixth, jumping out to a 4-2 lead. A disastrous top of the seventh allowed Bluffton to go up 12-2 in the game. The Cougars bats came alive in the bottom of the inning, when they scored five runs in a too-late comeback attempt for a 12-7 final.
Kaleb Gibson, in an impressive performance, held the Bobcats scoreless until the fifth. He allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits in his six innings of work. He collected five strikeouts and allowed three walks. Clay Lockerman entered in relief in the seventh, issuing four walks and allowing seven runs (four earned) on four hits. Alan Grym, in relief of Lockerman, got the final two quick outs.
Leading the Cougars’ offensive effort was Henry Gibson, who was 2-4 on the night. Thigpen, Grym, Reese Penfield and Keel Murdaugh all collected a hit in the game.
The Cougars were shutout by Bluffton 9-0 on the road on Wednesday. Lake Boseman was charged with the loss, lasting three innings. He allowed nine runs (seven earned) on seven hits and collected five strikeouts. Grym closed the final three innings, allowing no hits or runs. He collected five strikeouts and issued two walks. Cody Cox was 2-3 in the game.
In Friday’s 2-1 win against the Bobcats, Colleton County scored a run in the bottom of the third and another in the sixth to lead 2-0 heading into the seventh. Bluffton threatened, but only managed one run in the top of the seventh, behind Thigpen’s effort.
Gibson scored in the third on a throwing error by Bluffton — after he walked, he was awarded second on a balk and stole third. In the bottom of the sixth, back-to-back singles by Thigpen, Gibson and Penfield set up an RBI sacrifice fly for Lockerman.