The Cougar softball team ran into a buzz-saw last Tuesday evening at Central Hardin as the Bruins pounded out 15 hits in just five innings to defeat the Cougars 13-1.
Central treated two Cougar hurlers rudely on their way to the win. Lauren Decker started and gave up seven runs, two of them earned, on nine hits. She struck out one and walked none.
Kara Decker relieved her cousin in the fifth inning and did not record an out. She gave up six straight hits, including a grand-slam home run to catcher Mariah Bryant which ended the game by the mercy rule.
The Cougars started well, scoring a run in the top of the first off Bruin starter and winner Kaci Goedde. Lauren Decker led off with a double to the fence in left-center. With one out, Kara Decker walked, putting runner at first and second.
Second-baseman Madeline Carter followed with a line-drive single to right which plated Lauren Decker and put runners at the corners. Carter was later thrown out trying to steal second and Jodi Decker flied out to end the inning.
That would be it for the Cougar offense the rest of the way. They had just one more hit in the game and they never got a runner past first base.
The Bruins got all they would need in the third inning when they sent 10 batters to the plate and scored six times. Bryant and Meredith Jones both had RBI hits, and Brooklynne Bryant drove in two with a double.
The Bruins added a single run in the fourth on an RBI triple by Mariah Bryant.
They ended the game in the fifth with six straight hits off Kara Decker. Bailey Richardson and Emily Bryant both had RBI singles before Mariah Bryant hit the first pitch she saw for a home run with the bases loaded to end the game. Bryant finished the game 4-for-4 with six runs driven in.
Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016.