Kelly Russell Field at Russellville High School hosted thee second basball “Clash of the Cats “of the 2016 season on Tuesday evening. With the threat of severe thunderstorms sneaking in from the west, the varsity match was moved from 6:45 to 5 p.m. T
he Cougars (18-5) would end up bringing the storm to the Panthers (3-12) a little early. Ethan Smock threw a one-hit shutout to help secure an 8-0 win over Russellville.
Logan County pounced early, plating one in the first inning against Russellville’s starting pitcher Jordan Blick. Junior catcher Jackson Campbell connected for an RBI triple in his first at bat to start the scoring for the Cougars. Campbell would end up going 2 for 3 with three RBI on the day.
Sophomore pitcher Ethan Smock went to work after the early run, holding the Panthers scoreless for the entire duration of the contest. Smock only allowed one hit, a single to TK Hampton. He struck out eight and walked one in seven innings of work.
On the other side of the field, Russellville used three different pitchers to try and slow Logan County’s offensive charge. Jordan Blick lasted three innings, giving up five earned runs to the Cougars. Blick had four K’s while giving up six hits. Freshman Jesus Zamarripa came in to relieve the starter. Zamarripa lasted two frames, allowing three scores on five hits. TK Hampton finished off the pitching duties for Blake Crabtree’s Panthers. Hampton struck out one and didn’t allow any Cougars to cross the plate.
The Logan County Cougars had 11 hits in the contest. Michael Riley, Bradley Taylor, Jackson Campbell, Kaleb Justice, and Third Bell each had two base hits. Dylan Penick had one hit. Justice knocked in two runs as well.
Russellville will host the (8-11) Warren Central Dragons Friday evening at 5:30. The Logan County Cougars travel to face the (6-12) Grayson County Cougars Friday at 6 p.m.