Grayson County could manage just a single, unearned run against visiting Logan County last Friday at Don Lee Field, and they came out on the short end of a 4-1 score.
The loss dropped the Cougars to 6-13 for the season, while Logan County improved to 19-5. Senior Gage Akridge pitched well enough to win, but got little help from his team at the plate. Akridge allowed just two hits in 4 1/3 innings, but gave up a pair of runs in the fifth inning. Akridge walked one and struck out four.
Riley Mudd came on in relief in the fifth and gave up an RBI single to Logan shortstop Austin Rayno before getting the final out of the inning. That run was charged to Aklridge. Mudd gave up two more Logan runs in the sixth inning. He allowed three hits in his inning-and-2/3 of work, walking one and striking out no one.
Braxton Hodges pitched the seventh inning and gave up two hits, but did not allow a run.
On the other side of the field, Jordan Hendrix kept the Cougars in check with a good fastball and a breaking pitch that the Cougars could never figure out. Hendrix pitched all seven innings, allowing just the single, unearned run in the sixth inning before working a 1-2-3 seventh to secure the win. Hendrix allowed six hits, walked no one and struck out two.
Grayson County threatened to score in the second inning against Hendrix. Hunter Shiarella singled with one out, and moved to second on a ground out by Mudd. Hodges singled to left, moving Shiarella only to third base. With runners at the corners, Hendrix struck out designated-hitter Jacob Vincent to end the threat.
Logan County put a runner at third with two outs in the fourth inning, but Akridge struck out the Logan DH, D. J. Beard, to close out the inning.
The Cougars threatened again in their half of the fourth. Jack Davis singled and was sacrificed to second by catcher Parker Cain. Davis moved to third on a ground out by Shiarella, but Hendrix induced Mudd to ground out to squash the uprising.
Logan County finally ended the scoring drought with a pair of runs off Akridge in the top of the fifth. Second baseman Dylan Pennick walked leading off the inning and moved to second on a passed ball.
Right fielder Third Bell sacrificed Penick to third, bringing up left fielder Koby Wall. Akridge had Wall struck out on a ball in the dirt, but when it got away from Cain behind the plate, Penick scored to make it 1-0, and Wall was safe at first.
Cougar coach Gavin Logsdon replaced Akridge with Mudd at that point, who got center fielder Michael Riley to ground to Hunter Young at short for the second out, but Wall advanced into scoring position.
Mudd got ahead of Rayno 0-2, but the Logan shortstop lined the next pitch into left to plate Wall and give his team a 2-0 lead. Mudd then retired Bradley Taylor on a ground ball to third to end the inning.
Hodges led off the bottom of the fifth with a single and was sacrificed to second by Vincent. Chandler England grounded out unassisted to first base, but moved Hodges to third. But Hendrix was rock-solid once again as he got Young to pop up for the final out of the inning.
Logan County added on in the sixth, scoring twice more against Mudd to go in front 4-0. With one out, Kaleb Justice walked and moved to second on a ground out by Beard. Penick singled to left to bring in Justice, then stole second base. Bell singled up the middle to bring home Penick and Logan County had all they would need.
The Cougars finally broke through against Hendrix in the bottom of the sixth. Second baseman Landon Nichols singled leading off before Davis popped up for the first out.
Cain followed by hitting a rocket back through the box that Hendrix was able to get a glove on. The ball trickled toward third, where Taylor made a fine, bare-handed play to get Cain at first for the second out of the inning. Nichols was able to reach second on the play.
Shiarella then hit a routine ground ball for what should have been the final out of the inning, but Rayno had the ball go right between his legs for an error, leaving runners at the corners.
Mudd got hold of a 1-0 pitch from Hendrix and rifled it into left to score Nichols with what turned out to be the Cougars’ only run of the day. Hendrix ended the Cougar threat by getting Hodges to pop out to close out the inning.
Logan County put runners at second and third with just one out against Hodges in the top of the seventh, but the Cougar right-hander got Jackson Campbell to pop out, then struck out Justice looking to keep the score 4-1.
Grayson County needed at least three runs in the bottom of the seventh to keep things going, but Hendrix struck out Vincent leading off, then got England to pop out and Young to ground out and the game was over.
Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016.