The weather Friday evening was perfect for baseball at Bowling Green High School, but the Purples conjured up a thunderstorm for the Logan County Cougars early in the first inning.
After putting six runs on the gigantic scoreboard behind the right field wall in the bottom of the first, Bowling Green never looked back. The Purples defeated the Cougars 15-0 in five innings.
Logan County (17-5) had their hands full going into Friday’s game at Bowling Green. The Purples (15-4) were hungry to avenge an earlier 4-3 loss at Logan County High School on March 17th. The Cougars are also dealing with injuries and a busy schedule, leaving them in short supply of pitchers.
Senior pitcher Hunter Crafton is out for at least three to four weeks with a broken wrist. Nick Wooden is suffering from a hip injury, leaving him unavailable as well. Coach Ethan Meguiar went with freshman Tommy Krohn on the hill against the hard-hitting Purples.
“We had some important games this week,” Meguiar said. “We didn’t want to waste too much pitching. Tommy did a good job. He did what he was supposed to do.”
Krohn was making his second start of the season. The left-hander was consistent, but Bowling Green wasn’t fooled much. The Purples belted out eight hits against Krohn. He only walked two, while striking out one and giving up four earned runs. The Cougar defense allowed five unearned runs on two errors. Meguiar used three other pitchers after pulling the starting freshman after three innings of work. Ashton Ross, Dylan Penick, and Michael Riley all came on to try and slow the Bowling Green offensive attack.
The Purples would not be stopped. They put up two more runs in the second, one run in the third, and six in the fourth to close it out. Bowling Green finished the game with ten hits against Logan County pitching.
The Cougar bats were cold against Bowling Green pitcher Luke Brown. “He’s one of their best pitchers.” said Meguiar.
Logan County only managed two hits off of the junior hurler. Jackson Campbell and Kaleb Justice each connected for singles. Bradley Taylor collected the only walk allowed by Brown. Taylor had a stolen base after being given the free pass.
When Meguiar was asked about how he plans to keep his players from dwelling on this loss, “Let them know that it’s only one game. Turn the page. We don’t have to sit on it long.”
The Cougars played another big game the following day at Bowling Green ball park against Breckinridge County. Logan County showed no memory of the Bowling Green loss as they beat a good (16-6) Breckinridge County team 3-0.
Up next for the Logan County Cougars will be a trip across town to Kelly Russell field, where the Russellville Panthers will be waiting for a Clash of the Cats rematch. The Panthers are coming off of a 6-1 win at Hart County on Friday night. The game between the local rivals will be held on Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. at Russellville High School. The Cougars will be looking for their fifth district win, while the Panthers hope to be the first district 13th team to hand them a loss.