Cougars win big over Todd, Panthers edged by Franklin


By OJ Stapleton - ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com



Kelly Phillips|Photos for the NDL Russellville senior Colby Nichols delivers a pitch early in the game Tuesday against Franklin-Simpson under a full moon.


Panther outfielders George Ortiz and Andrew Brendel collide while chasing a towering fly hit to left center field.


Freshman Hunter McDowell fires a strike with intimidation toward home plate on Tuesday during the junior varsity game.


Shortstop Jordan Blick makes a nice stop on a bad hop grounder Tuesday.


District 13 baseball got under way last week with Logan County picking up a lopsided win while Russellville suffered a narrow defeat.

The Panthers came into Tuesday’s game against district foe Franklin-Simpson looking for their first win of the season. But it wasn’t to be as RHS fell 2-1 for the second straight game. It was a hard-luck night for starting pitcher Colby Nichols, who did not give up a hit in the loss.

Russellville (0-4) had lost 2-1 on Monday at Muhlenberg County.

The Panthers were scheduled to play at Edmonson County on Thursday night. They will next be in action on Monday at Trigg County, before taking on Logan County on Tuesday, March 29 in the first ‘Clash of the Cats’ for baseball. That district game will be played at LCHS.

Logan County had dropped two games in a row heading into Tuesday night’s game at Todd County Central, but responded in a huge way, blowing out the Rebels 31-1 in just five innings.

The Cougars pounded out 20 hits in the win and were led at the plate by Dylan Penick, who was 3-for-5 with four RBI, four runs scored and a double. Nick Wooden hit a home run in the game and also drove in two and scored twice. Jackson Campbell was 3-for-4 with four RBI, two runs and a pair of doubles. Austin Rayno was 3-for-4 with three RBI and four runs. Kaleb Justice was also 3-for-4 with three RBI and three runs.

On the mound, Ethan Smock got the start and pitched three innings, giving up one run with six strikeouts and three walks. Ashton Ross pitched two innings of relief, getting all six outs on strikeouts.

Logan County picked up most of its runs in the third inning. After scoring two runs apiece in the first two innings, the Cougars exploded for 13 runs in the third. They then tacked on eight more in the fourth and six in the fifth.

The Cougars (4-2) are scheduled to be back in action on Saturday at Metcalfe County. They then play at Allen County-Scottsville on Monday before hosting Russellville in a “Clash of the Cats” on Tuesday, March 29.

Kelly Phillips|Photos for the NDL Russellville senior Colby Nichols delivers a pitch early in the game Tuesday against Franklin-Simpson under a full moon.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Colby-Nichols-delivers-a-pitch-early-in-the-game-under-a-full-moon-1.jpgKelly Phillips|Photos for the NDL Russellville senior Colby Nichols delivers a pitch early in the game Tuesday against Franklin-Simpson under a full moon.

Panther outfielders George Ortiz and Andrew Brendel collide while chasing a towering fly hit to left center field.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Outfielders-George-Ortiz-and-Andrew-Brendel-collide-while-chasing-a-towering-fly-to-left-center-field.-1.jpgPanther outfielders George Ortiz and Andrew Brendel collide while chasing a towering fly hit to left center field.

Freshman Hunter McDowell fires a strike with intimidation toward home plate on Tuesday during the junior varsity game.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Panther-JV-pitcher-Hunter-McDowell-fires-a-strike-with-intimidation-toward-homeplate-1.jpgFreshman Hunter McDowell fires a strike with intimidation toward home plate on Tuesday during the junior varsity game.

Shortstop Jordan Blick makes a nice stop on a bad hop grounder Tuesday.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Shortstop-Jordan-Blick-makes-a-nice-stop-on-a-bad-hop-grounder.-1.jpgShortstop Jordan Blick makes a nice stop on a bad hop grounder Tuesday.

By OJ Stapleton

ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com

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

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