Grayson County never trailed after a four-run first inning and went on to claim a 7-4 road win over the Glasgow Scotties in Glasgow Thursday evening.
Grayson County touched up three Glasgow pitchers for eight hits and made use of five Scottie errors in the first four innings. Starting pitcher Jameson Van Meter helped himself with a pair of hits to drive in two runs. Logan Stevenson also had two hits and two RBIs, while Dylan Yaden drove in a pair with a groundout and a bunt single.
Van Meter worked the first 3 2/3 innings to pick up the win for the Cougars. The Cougar right-hander gave up all four runs, only one of which was earned, on two hits and three walks. Van Meter also hit three Scottie batters. Wyatt Skaggs pitched the final 3 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the save. The junior lefty allowed three hits, walked two and struck six.
The Cougars got off to a great start, sending nine men to the plate and scoring four times in the top of the first against Scottie starter and loser Matt Shives.
Catcher Logan Ramsey led off by reaching base on an error. Ramsey stole second, then scored on a Van Meter double into the right-field corner. Skaggs followed with a single to left to plate Van Meter to quickly make it 2-0.
Joseph Anthony followed with a come-backer to Shives, who threw wildly to second and the error put runners at first and second with no outs. Alex Shellhart sacrificed the runners to second and third before Stevenson singled through a drawn-in infield, driving in two to make it 4-0.
Grayson County later had two more runners on base, but Yaden struck out to end the inning.
The Scotties struck back in the bottom of the second to make it 4-3. Shortstop Connor Glass walked leading off and later went to third on an errant pickoff attempt.
Van Meter hit James Kingery to put runners at the corners before catcher Pudge Morgan singled up the middle to make it 4-1. Van Meter then hit Tyler Pitcock to load the bases. Trace Morgan grounded into a force out at second base, but the second run scored making it 4-2 and putting runners at first and third.
Designated hitter Harley Hagans followed with a high, fly ball to right that went for a sacrifice fly to drive in the third run of the inning. Van Meter then got Ryan Hinkley to ground into another force play at second to end the inning.
Grayson County added another unearned run in the fourth inning to make it 5-3. Jordan Turner was safe at first when his pop fly on the infield was dropped by the pitcher, Shives. Turner stole second base, and moved to third on a ground out by Hunter Shiarella. Yaden followed with a ground-ball out that scored Turner from third.
Another hit batsmen, two walks and a single produced another Scottie run in the fourth inning. A Cougar error later loaded the bases with two outs, but Skaggs came in to strike out Jon Green to end the threat with the score standing at 5-4.
The Cougars used small ball to score two more runs in the top of the sixth to make it 7-4. Stevenson led off the inning with a single through the middle and was sacrificed to second by Turner. Corbin Harris followed with a two-strike bunt for a hit that moved Stevenson to third.
Yaden followed with another bunt that plated Stevenson, and when no one covered at first for the Scotties, Yaden was safe at first, with Harris moving to second. Yaden was forced at second on a grounder from Ramsey, but Harris moved to third on the play.
Van Meter then ripped a pitch back through the box that got past relief pitcher Dalton Shumake for an infield single to drive in Harris to make it 7-4. Skaggs walked to load the bases, but Shumake struck out Anthony to end the inning.
The Scotties got a leadoff single from Glass to start the seventh inning and he moved all the way to third when a Skaggs pitch in the dirt eluded the sight of Ramsey. But Skaggs got Kingery to fly out, then struck out both Morgan and Pitcock to end the game.