The wins just keep coming for the young Logan County Cougars. Friday night offered a bit of a challenge for Ethan Meguiar’s squad, but the Cougars came through in the end.
The Barren County Trojans brought their (19-9) record, and fireball-thrower Andy Highbaugh to Russellville for Logan County’s senior night. By the time the dust settled late on a chilly Spring evening, the Trojans would record their tenth loss of the season, 2-0. The Cougars improved to 24 wins and only seven losses as the sun sets on the 2016 regular season.
The starting pitcher for Logan County was senior Hunter Crafton. Crafton, sporting a blue cast on his broken left arm, threw a perfect strike for his likely last pitch as a Logan County Cougar. Crafton received applause from both sides of the field as Coach Meguiar walked to the mound and hugged his injured senior pitcher. Fellow senior Jordan Hendrix would take the mound in relief after the one pitch by starter Crafton.
If fans came to Logan County High School expecting an explosive high-scoring game Friday, they started the weekend disappointed. The 2-0 win for the Cougars saw only seven base hits between both teams. Neither team scored a run until the home team plated two in the bottom of the sixth. Barren County had a golden opportunity to go up early in the first, but Nick Wooden mowed down a runner at the plate after catching a fly ball in left field. The Logan County defense stepped up again in the top of the 4th. Barren County had bases loaded with two outs when right fielder Third Bell made a spectacular diving catch to end the inning.
Just as it seemed that the pitchers’ dual between Highbaugh and Hendrix would last until midnight, the Cougars finally started to figure out the Trojan pitcher in the bottom of the sixth. Austin Rayno led off the inning with a single to 3rd base. Senior Michael Riley followed up by hitting into a fielder’s choice when the Barren County defense couldn’t turn the double play in time. Bradley Taylor also hit into a fielder’s choice, giving the Cougars two outs with Taylor on first. After a stolen base and a Jackson Campbell walk, Logan County had runners at first and second with Kaleb Justice at the plate. A passed ball allowed the runners to advance to second and third bases with two out. Justice came through with the eventual game-winning single to right field. Both runners scored on the hit.
The Cougars carried the 2-0 lead into the seventh inning and finished the Trojans with a little help from the catcher Jackson Campbell and first baseman Justice. Campbell picked off a Barren County runner at first base for the second out, which silenced the Trojan fans and dugout. The game would end on a final ground out to Justice at first.
Austin Rayno, Kaleb Justice, and Michael Riley recorded the only base hits for Logan County. Justice had two RBIs. Jordan Hendrix threw 7 innings, giving up no runs and four hits. Hendrix had one strikeout. The Cougar defense helped Hendrix hold the Barren County offense throughout the game.
Logan County now has five wins in a row (as of press time.) The last four games have all been shutouts, with the Cougars outscoring opponents 32-0. Cougar baseball is now tied for 1st place in Region 4. Bowling Green also has a (24-7) record. LC will travel to South Warren on Tuesday for a tough match up against the (23-8) Spartans.