The Cougar baseball team suffered through an offensive drought in a pair of losses over the weekend.
On Friday at Don Lee Field, Holy Cross right-hander Chase Phillips held Grayson County hitless through six innings before giving up a pair of singles in the seventh as the visitors shutout the Cougars 4-0.
On Monday, the Cougars traveled to Brownsville for their first 12th District tilt against Edmondaon County and were once again held to just two hits, this time by junior right-hander Dylan Waldrop, and the Wildcats went on to take a 9-3 win. It marked the first time the Cougars have lost to the Wildcats since April 17, 2007.
Grayson County’s bats were silent for nearly all of the game against Phillips. The junior hurler retired the first 11 Cougar batters before plunking Cougar pitcher Hunter Shiarella with a pitch in the fourth inning. Phillips got out of that inning by getting Parker Cain to ground out.
The Cougars had another base-runner in the fifth when Riley Mudd reached on a two-out Holy Cross error, but Phillips struck out Jacob Vincent to end the inning.
Shirella led off the seventh with the Cougars’ first hit, a line drive to left. Cain followed with a little bloop near second base that fell in for another hit, but Jack Davis followed by hitting a ball back at Phillips, who tossed to third-baseman Zach Wyenast for an out, and Weyenast relayed to first for a double play. Braxton Hodges followed with a pop-up to second to end the game.
Shiarella pitched well for the Cougars, going five innings and allowing just two unearned runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out two.
Gage Akridge came on in relief in the sixth inning and finished out the game for the Cougars. He allowed two unearned runs runs on two hits, striking out one and walking no one.
Three Cougar errors led to a pair of Holy Cross runs in the fifth inning. Another Cougar error in the seventh set up another Holy Cross run before a perfect squeeze bunt by center-fielder Ray Stielberg plated the fourth run.
The Wildcats scored first with an unearned run in the bottom of the first. Shawn Winchester led off with a walk from Cougar starter and loser, Braxton Hodges, who retired the next two Wildcat batters.
But Waldrop laced a liner down the line in left, which got by left-fielder Gage Akridge, allowing Winchester to score all the way from first base to make it 1-0. Hodges then struck out Hunter Garrett to end the inning.
The Cougars tied the game in the top of the second inning. Cain led off by lining a grass-cutter into the gap in right center that went all the way to the wall for a double. He moved to third on a wild pitch, then scored on a ground-out by Hodges.
The Wildcats put the game away in the second inning, sending 11 batters to the plate and scoring six times to make it 7-1. Matthew Jaggers, Logan Lindsey, Garrett and Caleb Skaggs all had run-scoring singles in the inning and Walker Hazel drove in another with a sacrifice fly.
Waldrop held the Cougars without a hit until the sixth inning, when the Cougars tried to get back in the game. Josh Meridith led off with a walk and scored on a triple by Hunter Young. Landon Nichols followed with a little dribbler down the third-base line and Young was able to elude a tag at the plate for the second run of the inning, making it 7-3.
Waldrop got out of the inning by getting Shiarella to pop out and striking out Cain.
The Wildcats got those runs back in their half of the sixth off of Shiarella, who had relieved Hodges in the fifth inning. With one out, Hazel singled to left and scored on a double by Lindsey. Waldrop followed with his third hit of the day, a double to the wall in left center which plated Lindsey to make it 9-3.
Shiarella got Garret to pop out and Skaggs to fly out to end the inning, but when the Cougars went 1-2-3 in the seventh, the game was history.
Grayson County falls to 3-10 with the loss, while the Wildcats improved 10 11-6.
Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016.