Cougars ride high late in season


By Kelly Phillips - Sports writer



Photos by: Kelly Phillips | NDL Logan County Freshman Third Bell battles the sun for a fly ball in a recent game. Bell had a hit with two RBIs in the 12-0 win over Allen County.


Dylan Penick makes a play last week against Glasgow. The Cougars are cruising to the finish line with the second best record in the region.


Looking at the results of the Logan County baseball Cougars schedule for 2016, a few details stand out. First, not many “L’s” on the list. The Cougars have only lost seven games all year. Next, there are quite a few zeros in the opponents’ score column. In fact, they have 10 shutouts this season. Four other games, Logan County only allowed one point. Only four teams have scored more than five points against the Cougars in a single game. Impressive numbers for a team with only three Seniors. The young Cougars (23-7) are currently holding 2nd place in Region 4, just behind powerhouse Bowling Green(23-5.)

Allen County-Scottsville (9-13) became a few of those stats on Monday afternoon at Logan County High School. The Patriots drove away from Russellville with a loss and a shutout. The Cougars won the game 12-0 in five innings.

Austin Rayno set the pace for Logan County in the bottom of the first. The shortstop led off the offense with an infield single. Bradley Taylor drove him home with a double to center to give the Cougars a 1-0 lead early. It would be 3-0 before Allen County got a chance to bat again.

Logan County put the game out of reach in the 3rd inning, scoring five more runs. Jack Campbell led off the inning with a walk. He would come around to score the fourth run of the game. Third Bell drove a pair in with a single, making it 6-0. After an Allen County error and sacrifice fly by Michael Riley, the Cougars would give Ethan Smock an 8-0 lead to work with on the mound.

Smock pitched a beauty. No runs, one hit, nine strikeouts, and two walks for the Cougar Sophomore. The only base hit surrendered by Smock was a single to lead off the 5th inning.

Logan County plated four more runs in the bottom of the fourth, putting the nail in the coffin. The 12-0 score would be the final.

The Cougars had seven hits in the game. Six of the 12 runs scored came off of Patriot errors. Allen County committed five fielding errors.

Bradley Taylor and Kaleb Justice each hit doubles. Jack Wright and Third Bell drove in two runs a piece. Jackson Campbell and Austin Rayno swiped a free base.

Logan County will host Barren County (18-9) on Friday at 7pm.

Photos by: Kelly Phillips | NDL Logan County Freshman Third Bell battles the sun for a fly ball in a recent game. Bell had a hit with two RBIs in the 12-0 win over Allen County.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_third-bell.jpgPhotos by: Kelly Phillips | NDL Logan County Freshman Third Bell battles the sun for a fly ball in a recent game. Bell had a hit with two RBIs in the 12-0 win over Allen County.

Dylan Penick makes a play last week against Glasgow. The Cougars are cruising to the finish line with the second best record in the region.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_paper07.jpgDylan Penick makes a play last week against Glasgow. The Cougars are cruising to the finish line with the second best record in the region.

By Kelly Phillips

Sports writer

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