Logan County High School needed a comeback to win the first baseball “Clash of the Cats” on Tuesday night against visiting Russellville.
The Cougars scored five runs in their final two innings to take a 7-5 win and improve to 2-0 in District 13 this season.
Russellville got off to a good start in the game, plating a pair of runs in the top of the first on a single by Evan Humphrey. Panthers starter Colby Nichols was able to keep Logan County off the board for the first two innings as the 2-0 lead held up.
But the Cougars scored one in the third and one in the fourth to tie the game at 2-2 heading into the fifth.
Russellville reclaimed the lead in the top of the fifth by scoring a run, but Logan County’s bats came alive in the bottom half as three Cougars crossed the plate to put their team up 5-3.
The Panthers weren’t about to go away, however.
They tied the game in the top of the sixth with two more runs.
Logan County got two more in the bottom of the sixth, though, and pitcher Michael Riley blanked the Panthers in the top of the seventh to secure the victory.
In addition to pitching two innings of relief for the win, Riley also scored three times while going 1-for-2 at the plate with a single and a pair of walks.
Bradley Taylor led Logan at the plate. He was 2-for-3 with three RBI, a run and a stolen base. Austin Rayno, Kaleb Justice and Third Bell also had one hit apiece.
Nick Wooden got the start on the mound for the Cougars. He pitch 4.2 innings with eight strikeouts, five walks and only one earned run.
The win was the fourth in a row for Logan County and improves the team’s overall record to 7-2, which is among the best in the entire Fourth Region. Logan County will be back in action today at Warren Central.
The Panthers (0-6) are still winless on the year, but their last four games have been decided by just five runs. Going into the game against Logan, Russellville had suffered three consecutive 2-1 defeats.
RHS will be back on the diamond today at Greenwood.
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