Cougars off to hot start


By OJ Stapleton - ostapleton@newsemocratleader.com



Photos by Kelly Phillips|For the NDL Logan County first baseman Kaleb Justice reaches for a throw after a line drive out on Tuesday against Greenwood.


Bradley Taylor tags out a Greenwood running on a pickoff play from catcher Jackson Campbell to end the inning.


Logan County’s Hunter Crafton delivers a pitch against the Gators in the season opener Tuesday.


Michael Riley makes contact on Tuesday in the season opener at LCHS.


Outfielder Third Bell makes contact with the ball.


After a soggy start that delayed opening day for area baseball teams, the local baseball teams took to the diamond this week to get things started.

Logan County High School picked up right where it left off with a pair of victories on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Cougars, who won 21 games last season, beat two District 14 opponents in their first pair of games.

Logan County notched an impressive 7-6 win in extra innings over the Gators on Tuesday at home in the opener. The Cougars jumped out to an early lead, picking up five runs in the first inning and one more in the third for a 6-0 lead.

But the Gators quickly came back to tie the score with two runs in the fourth and four in the fifth. Both teams would fail to score in the next four innings until Logan County got a walk off double from Third Bell in the bottom of the 10th to take the win.

In the second win on Wednesday, Michael Riley picked up both Logan County RBI and Jordan Hendrix struck out seven over six inning as the Cougars beat Warren Central 2-1.

LCHS led 2-0 for most of the game when Riley drove in a pair of runs in the second inning. The Dragons got one back in the top of the sixth, but that was the last run Logan allowed in starting the season 2-0.

The Cougars will try and keep their win streak intact this weekend as they travel to face Glasgow on Saturday.

Russellville also opened up the season on Tuesday, but the results were not as good.

The Panthers fell 10-0 to West Creek out of Tennessee.

RHS (0-1) was scheduled to play Hart County at home on Thursday and will play at Butler County Friday night.

Photos by Kelly Phillips|For the NDL Logan County first baseman Kaleb Justice reaches for a throw after a line drive out on Tuesday against Greenwood.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_1st-baseman-Kaleb-Justice-reaches-for-a-throw-after-a-linedrive-out..jpgPhotos by Kelly Phillips|For the NDL Logan County first baseman Kaleb Justice reaches for a throw after a line drive out on Tuesday against Greenwood.

Bradley Taylor tags out a Greenwood running on a pickoff play from catcher Jackson Campbell to end the inning.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_3rd-baseman-Bradley-Taylor-tags-out-a-Greenwood-runner-on-a-pickoff-play-from-Catcher-Jackson-Campbell-to-end-the-inning..jpgBradley Taylor tags out a Greenwood running on a pickoff play from catcher Jackson Campbell to end the inning.

Logan County’s Hunter Crafton delivers a pitch against the Gators in the season opener Tuesday.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Cougar-pitcher-Hunter-Crafton.jpgLogan County’s Hunter Crafton delivers a pitch against the Gators in the season opener Tuesday.

Michael Riley makes contact on Tuesday in the season opener at LCHS.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Michael-Riley-reaches-and-makes-contact..jpgMichael Riley makes contact on Tuesday in the season opener at LCHS.

Outfielder Third Bell makes contact with the ball.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Outfielder-Third-Bell-makes-contact.-10-Third-Bell.jpgOutfielder Third Bell makes contact with the ball.

By OJ Stapleton

ostapleton@newsemocratleader.com

To contact OJ Stapleton, email ostapleton@newsemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

To contact OJ Stapleton, email ostapleton@newsemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

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