April 2nd, 2018

Cougars fall in extras

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor

Cougars fall in extras
Austin Streble throws a pitch for Holy Cross / photo by Conor Revell

Holy Cross had their chance to win the baseball game, but when they couldn’t close the door, Taylor County made them pay.

Visiting Taylor County scored four runs in the top of the eighth inning to defeat the Cougars 7-3 in eight innings.

“Today was a long and they played like it was a long day,” Holy Cross head coach Tim Hockman said. “The way we went through the motions and how we played, we made a play here and there. Had a chance to win the ballgame in the seventh but didn’t get it done.”  

It was unusual day. The game was scheduled to be played at Valley at 11 a.m. But, unplayable field conditions moved the game to Holy Cross and the first pitch wasn’t thrown up 2 p.m.

“We need to come together at the end,” Holy Cross star Austin Streble said. “We ran out of energy at the end and we need the energy to pull through at the end.”

The Cardinals (4-3) led 3-1 going into the bottom of the sixth inning, but Holy Cross (5-3) scored two runs to tie it up at three.

Gavin Foushee and Josh Thomson led off with back-to-back infield singles. Streble advanced the two to second and third. Austin Richardson walked to load the bases.

Wes Clark’s single scored Foushee and Thomson to tie the game.

“I knew that I needed to get something done with runners at second and third,” Clark said. “I had the mindset to get on base. I got up there, dug in, had two strikes on me, saw a curveball down the middle and a little low and I hit it into the gap and it scored a couple of runs.”

The Cougars had a chance to win the ballgame in the bottom of the seventh with runners on second and third with one out out but came up empty handed.

“We needed to have a little bit more enthusiasm and get into the game a bit more,” Hockman said. “We went through the motions. I know it was a long day. We got here early and went over there and sat around and waited. We came over here, worked on the field, and ate a little bit. I think we got lackadaisical. We got to learn to play through that. That’s high school baseball.”

Taylor County answered with four runs in the eighth. DJ Goodin led off with an infield single and Tanner White followed with a bunt single. Griffin Hall popped out. KJ Kearney loaded the bases with a bunt single.

Andrew Melton drove in Goodin with a single. Grant McQueary scored White with a walk. Cameron Kosid scored Melton and McQueary with a single.

Streble started on the hill for the Cougars and gave up three runs and five hits and struck out nine in six innings.

“Threw most curveballs and then I’d come in with the fastballs,” Streble said. “They’d be late on it and miss it or foul it off or ground out.”

The senior is a transfer from Beth Haven and is their No. 1 pitcher.

“Austin wasn’t the pitcher we have been accustomed to,” Hockman said. “He was a little off his game today. But, that’s what happens. You have to learn how to win games when you’re not at 100 percent. He was good enough to win the ball game but we had a play here or gave up a hit there and the ballgame was over. But, he did a good job.”

Foushee threw the seventh and eighth innings and gave up four runs and five hits and struck out three and walked two.

Griffin Hall started on the mound for Taylor County and gave up three runs six hits and struck out five and walked one. Goodin pitched the seventh and eighth and allowed three hits and struck out two.

“We have to come together as a team,” Clark said. “We didn’t fight this game. We have to learn how to fight and keep the intensity up the entire game and not let off the gas.”

The Cardinals took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Dawson Cole doubled and scored on Cameron Kosid’s single.

The Cougars tied it up in the bottom of the inning. Foushee doubled and scored on Thomson’s base hit.

Kosid bomb over the left field fence gave the Cardinals a 2-1 lead in the fifth. Marcus Moore then reached first on an error, moved to third on Goodin’s double, and scored on Tanner White’s sacrifice fly to put the Cougars in a 3-1 hole.

That setup the wild sixth inning and thrilling eighth inning.

“In the seventh everything was looking good and then we had a letdown and we thought we had the game won, Hockman said.” “That’s what happens. Don’t take nothing for granted. You haven’t won the game until it it’s won. Take each at bat and each pitch, just because there’s somebody at second and third with no outs, one out, or two outs, you still haven’t won the game. You have get those runners across the plate.” 


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