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Cougars sit at 4-1 in Region 8-AAAA

by | March 30, 2017 12:41 pm

OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION. The Cougar offense stayed hot last week, scoring 18 runs on 15 hits in two games. Photo by Jim Killian

The Colleton County Cougar Baseball team earned two region wins last week to put them sitting at 4-1 in Region 8-AAAA and in the No. 2 spot behind undefeated Beaufort High School (6-0, 5-0). The Cougars held off Berkeley High School, 6-5, and shutout Stall 12-0 on the week. They will enter the bottom half of their region schedule this week with Cane Bay and Beaufort on the plate.

Against Berkeley last Tuesday, March 21, Colleton County never trailed in the 6-5 win. The Cougars went up 4-0 after two innings, but the Stags chipped their way back into the game in the third and fifth inning and would leave the tying run on base in the seventh inning. Alan Grym earned the win in relief, throwing two innings for the Cougars. He allowed one earned run on two hits, striking out one. Lake Boseman started on the hill for Colleton County, lasting two innings. Boseman allowed one earned run on a single hit, issuing seven walks and striking out two. Chase Hadwin provided three innings of middle relief, allowing two earned runs on three hits, with two strikeouts.

Michael Thigpen was 2-for-3 at the plate for Colleton County. Reese Penfield, Henry Gibson and Josh Kinard were 1-for-3 on the night, while Kaleb Gibson was 1-for-2. Trey Nettles, Cody Cox and Penfield accounted for an RBI each.

“We scratched a few runs early in the game that set the tone for us,” said Coach Jermale Paige. “We were in a few jams during the game, but we locked-in mentally to fight out of them. Hadwin came in strong to relieve Boseman, who struggled early in the game. Grym did his job, shutting the door for us on the mound.”

NETTLES. Cougar second baseman, Trey Nettles, went 1-2 against Stall, scoring two runs and recording an RBI. Photo by Jim Killian

Thigpen earned the win for the Cougars in the 12-0 shutout over the Stall Warriors. He tossed four innings, surrendering no runs, one hit and striking out seven. Kaleb Gibson had one inning of relief, allowing no runs or hits, striking out one.

Colleton County amassed nine hits in the game. Penfield was 2-for-2 at the plate with 2-RBI’s and scored twice. Cody Cox was 1-for-3 with 2-RBI’s and Henry Gibson was 1-for-2 with 2-RBI’s. Tristen Hiott was 1-1 and scored two runs and Trey Nettles was 1-3 with an RBI and crossed home plate twice. Also recording hits for the Cougars – Thigpen, Alan Grym and Lucas Bell.

“Everyone did their job and we took care of business the way we were supposed to,” said Paige following the game. “Michael threw well, we hit the ball and capitalized on their mistakes.”

The Cougars were scheduled to host Cane Bay Tuesday, March 28 and will travel to Beaufort Friday, March 31. Earlier in the season, the Cougars defeated Cane Bay 5-4 and lost 8-6 to the Eagles.

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