May 22nd, 2018

Cougars season ends

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor

Cougars season ends
Holy Cross' Brock DeSpain takes a hack at a pitch / photo by Conor Revell

The Holy Cross baseball team saw their season end with a heartbreaking 5-3 loss to Fairdale in a 21st District semifinal game Tuesday night.

“Walks, we walked too many batters,” Holy Cross first-year head coach Tim Hockman said. “They got the timely hits. That says it all.”

It was a game where the Cougars (19-13) made four errors and blew their opportunities to secure a spot in the Sixth Region Tournament for a second consecutive year.

Fairdale (13-11) trailed 3-1 going into the bottom of the fifth, but disaster struck for Holy Cross senior pitcher Austin Streble.

The Bulldogs scored four runs with two outs to take a 5-3 lead and the Cougars never recovered.

Streble walked Blake Hill to start the inning and then got the next two hitters out with a groundout and strikeout.

Chase Smith struck out, but made it to first on a wild pitch. David Parsons walked to load the bases. Streble then walked Caleb McGinty which walked in a run.

“I think we started to get a little fatigued,” Streble said. “I started to walk a few guys and we made a few errors.”

Austin Smith then came up and made Streble pay by blasting a double over the right fielder head clearing the bases.

The rest was history.

Holy Cross took a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Gavin Foushee and Josh Thomson walked to start the game.

“We were being patient,” Hockman said. “We were attacking the pitches we could handle and got timely hits.”

Foushee scored the first run on Streble’s sacrifice fly while Thomson made it 2-0 when he scored on Wes Clark’s base hit.

The Bulldogs got their first run in the fourth. Mullins walked, stole second, moved to third on an error, and scored on a wild pitch.

Holy Cross earned that run back in the top of the fifth. Craig Thompson was plunked, move to second on a sacrifice, and scored Thomson’s base hit.

Streble started for the Cougars and threw five innings and allowed five runs, three hits, struck out seven, and walked four. Wes Clark pitched the sixth and walked one.

“I’m going to remember the coaches I played for here,” Streble said. “They have taught me a lot on and off the field. They taught me how to be a better player and a better person.”

Harrison Blanton tossed a complete game for Fairdale and gave up three runs, three hits, and struck out four.

The Bulldogs will play host Pleasure Ridge Park in the 21st District championship game at 6 p.m. Wednesday and secures a spot in next week’s Sixth Region Tournament.

Holy Cross says goodbye to seven seniors.

“This was a great bunch,” Hockman said. “I’ll take this group of kids any day of the week; I don’t care what the outcome is. They were great kids and had a fun time. Unfortunately only one team is going to win their last game.”


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