Corey Turpin | GC News-Gazette Smith is tagged out at 3rd.

Corey Turpin | GC News-Gazette

Smith is tagged out at 3rd.

By Corey Turpin Sports Correspondent

A scheduling change brought the McLean County Cougars to Grayson County last Tuesday evening. McLean County, coming off a dominating 12-5 road win over University Heights, was once again ahead of the curve in this one.

Caine Smith took the mound for the Cougars to open things up. Neither team’s batters were really getting by the pitching and defense early on. McLean County did manage to get on the board before the inning let up, thanks to an RBI double by sophomore Peyton Caraway. The game was tight for most of the night. In the bottom of the 4th is when Grayson started to get some runners in prime scoring position. Noah Bullock was walked and immediately stole 2nd on the next pitch. Braxton Hodges delivered a base hit soon after and Caine Smith followed suite. Hodges was tagged out at 2nd, and with runners on the corners, the home team was within striking distance. Thanks to an infield error Bullock scored from 3rd. Smith was tagged out at 3rd and after 4 innings the ball game was tied.

The game slowed down once again in the 5th, but unfortunately, things started to unravel rather quickly for the home town Cougars in the 6th. A run was batted in early and some bizarre wild throws lead to an emptying of the bases. The score ballooned, 4-1. The Cougars would not score in the 6th and so they really needed to rely on impressive pitching and their defense to stop the bleeding in the final inning. If they were going to climb back into this game, it needed to happen on the defensive end first. Unfortunately, that’s not what happened. Two quick doubles led to a 5-1 lead and a pitching change for Grayson County. Bullock was now on the mound. However, it was too little too late. Another wild pitch would allow a runner to score from 3rd. The game would end and Grayson County would not put up another run on the board. The final score, 6-1.

The Cougars, now losers of 7 in a row, have ample time to get back in the grove of things and turn their season around. They play host to Warren East on May 4 at 5:30 p.m.