The Cougar softball team sent 10 batters to the plate in the sixth inning and scored five runs on their way to a 7-4 victory over the visiting Glasgow Scotties last Tuesday at the Cougar softball field.
Senior Jessika Young pitched five strong innings to pick up the win. Young allowed just two hits and struck out seven. She allowed just a single, unearned run in the fourth inning.
Eighth-grader Lauren Decker pitched the final two innings and was hurt by a pair of Cougar errors in the seventh. She allowed three runs, two of them unearned, on five hits and struck out one.
The Cougars took an early lead with a run in the bottom of the first. With two outs, Young walked and was replaced on the bases by Grace White. Kaylan Shull followed with a booming double to the fence in left-center which scored White all the way from first to give the Cougars the lead.
The Scotties tied it in the fourth inning with an unearned run off Young. Third-baseman Bailey Alexander was safe at first when Shull’s throw from short sailed high.
Scottie catcher Haven Hernandez forced Alexander at second on a come-backer to Young for the first out, but first-baseman Taylor Williams ripped a double, putting runners at second and third.
Young walked Jaycie Edwards to load the bases, but struck out Katie Hinkley for the second out. Young then walked Makayla Sanders to drive in the tying run.
Grayson County got that run back in the bottom of the fourth. Young doubled leading off the inning and was again replaced on the bases by White. Shull sacrificed White to third and White scored on a ground-out by Ashley Milliner.
The Cougars sent 10 batters plateward in the sixth inning and scored five runs to ice the win. Corbin Klineline scorched an RBI double over the bag at third which left the Scottie fans screaming for a foul-ball call, to no avail.
Allie Horton walked with the bases loaded to drive in another run, and Megan England and Young both had RBI singles in the inning.
Two Grayson County errors led to three Scottie runs in the top of the seventh. Glasgow had runners at second and third with the tying run at the plate with two outs, but Decker got Ashley Smith to pop-up to Hayley Brooks at second base to end the game.