Cougar pitching gave up 14 runs last Tuesday in Whitesville, 13 of them earned, on 11 hits as the Raiders won going away 14-6.
The loss dropped the Cougars’ 12th District record to 2-2, while the Raiders improved to 1-3.
Grayson County jumped out to the early lead, scoring twice in the first inning, and twice more in the second. But the Raiders came roaring back, sending nine men to the plate in the bottom of the second to score five times and take the lead for good.
Trinity later sent 10 men to the plate in the fourth inning and scored six times to put the game out of reach.
Braxton Hodges started for the Cougars and pitched 2 1/3 innings, allowing six earned runs on five hits. Hodges struck out one and walked three.
Hunter Shiarella relieved with one out in the third inning, and got the last two outs, but he was only able to retire one batter in the fourth and wound up allowing five runs, four of them earned, on three hits. He walked no one, but hit one batter.
Chandler England took over in the fourth and finished the game for the Cougars. He pitched 2 2/3 innings, allowing three earned runs on three hits. He struck out one, walked two and hit another batter.
The Cougars started out fast, scoring two runs in each of the first two innings. In the first, Hunter Young led off with a single. Landon Nichols followed with a ground ball to second that forced Young at second, but when shortstop Allen Howe threw the ball into the Cougar dugout, Nichols was safe at first and was awarded second base on the overthrow.
Jack Davis hit the first pitch he saw from Trinity starter Drew Mills on a line to the wall in left-center. Nichols scored and Davis reached second with a double. Cougar catcher Parker Cain grounded out, but Davis was able to advance to third on the play.
Shiarella then looped a ball into left field that fell for a hit and plated Davis with the Cougars’ second run. Mills then got Riley Mudd to fly out to right to end the inning.
Grayson County was back at it in the second inning. Hodges singled through the hole between first and second and was replaced on the bases by Josh Meridith. Designated hitter Jacob Vincent reached first and Meridith went to second when Raider catcher John Gibson interfered with a Vincent swing.
Chandler England hit a ground ball that was booted by first-baseman Daniel Morris, but the ball went right to second baseman Eric Howard, who threw to Mills covering at first for the put-out. Both runners moved up a base on the play.
Young followed with a single to center to bring in Meridith to make it 3-0. Vincent moved to third on Young’s hit, then scored to make it 4-0 when Nichols reached on an infield single.
The Raiders made a pitching change at that point, bringing in right-hander Cody Mattingly and moving Mills to third base. A wild pitch moved the runners to second and third before Davis flied out for the second out of the inning.
Mattingly hit Cain with a pitch to load the bases, but he got out of the inning by getting Shiarella to fly out to right field.
Hodges began having trouble with his control in the bottom of the second and it led to a big Raiders rally. Mills led off with a single, but Booker popped back to Hodges for the first out while trying to sacrifice Mills along.
Mills stole second before Hodges walked Howe. Both runners advanced a base on a passed ball before a wild pitch plated Mills and sent Howe to third. Blake Midkiff walked then stole second.
With runners at second and third, third-baseman Dylan Wright grounded out for the second out, but Howe scored to make it 4-2, and Midkiff moved to third. Jack Goetz walked and stole second to put runners at second and third. Morris looped a single to center to plate two more runs and he moved to second on the throw home.
Eric Howard followed with a single to left that brought home Morris with the run that gave Trinity a 5-4 lead. Hodges got the final out when he struck out Gibson.
Trinity added another run in the third inning. Mills led off with a single, then stole second base, and when Cain’s throw skipped into right field, Mills moved to third. One out later Howe doubled to left-center to bring in Mills to make it 6-4.
Shiarella was brought in in relief at that point and retired the next two batters to end the inning.
The Raiders sent 11 batters to the plate in the fourth and scored six times to make it 12-4. The big blow came from Booker who doubled to the wall with the bases loaded and plated all three runners. Gibson also had a run-scoring single.
The Cougars added a run in the fifth inning, but ran themselves out of a chance for a bigger inning. Davis walked leading off and moved to second when Cain was hit with a pitch for the second straight at bat. Cain was replaced on the bases by a courtesy runner, Riley Shoemaker
Shiarella lined a single to right that scored Davis, but Shoemaker was thrown out as he tried to advance to third base. The Raiders turned it into a double play when Shiarella was thrown out trying to advance to second. Mattingly then struck out Mudd to end the inning.
Trinity added two more runs in the sixth, with Mattingly and Goetz coming through with RBI singles that made the score 14-5.
Grayson Coubty scored its last run in the seventh inning. With one out, Cain and Shiarella put together back-to-back singles. Pinch-hitter Noah Bullock popped out to Morris at first, who threw wildly to third, allowing both runners to advance. A wild pitch brought home the run.
Hodges walked to put runners at the corners, but he was picked off first for the out that ended the game.