Play ball! 2017 season underway


By Kelly Phillips - [email protected]



Photos by Kelly Phillips | NDL Junior pitcher Ethan Smock got the start on Friday night for the home opener at Logan County High School.


Third Bell smiles at the Hopkinsville pitcher during the windup. The Cougars won the game 14-4.


Kaleb Justice dives for a ball during a pick-off attempt. Logan County won the game 14-4.


Cougar fans bundled up for the first game of the season at Logan County. The temperature was 42 degrees for the first pitch.


Austin Rayno makes contact early in the game on Friday. The Junior looks to continue his success at the plate in 2017.


The 2017 baseball season is in full swing in Logan County. The Cougars have picked up where they left off last season. After only three games, Ethan Meguiar’s club is 3-0. In the 2016 season, the Cougars finished second in the the region with a 29-9 record.

The season started on March 9th with a big 14-5 win on the road at Greenwood. The Cougars pounded out 12 hits. Nick Wooden had four RBI, while Austin Rayno drove in three. Jack Campbell slugged a triple.

Tomy Krohn threw 79 pitches in four innings for the win. Nick Wooden came in to throw the last three innings.

On Friday, the Hopkinsville Tigers came to Logan County for the first Cougar home game of the year. The Cougars committed five errors on a cold night. They picked up the win 14-4. Tiger pitchers gave up nine walks and hit three batters. Koby Wall had two hits, while Nick Wooden hit a double.

Ethan Smock was the starter on the hill for Logan. He allowed one earned run on one hit while striking out nine.

On Saturday, the Cougars once again braved the early Spring cold to face Ohio County at Logan County High School. Dylan Penick went the distance tossing a 4-0 shutout. Penick only allowed one hit while striking out nine.

The Cougars recorded seven hits on Saturday. Jack Wright hit a double in the win.

Logan County will play Bowling Green on Thursday at home. The Purples won the region in 2016 and was responsible for the Cougars’ early exit in the regional tournament. Bowling Green lost the 2017 opener to Franklin-Simpson at Bowling Green High School.

The Russellville Panthers won their home opener on Thursday. They beat Trinity Whitesville 3-0. Jordan Blick threw a gem to start the season off right. He tossed a shutout while striking out 13. TK Hampton smacked two doubles and drove in two of the three runs. Jordan Blick and Brock Cleary also hit doubles in the win.

The Panthers will host Greenwood on Thursday.

Photos by Kelly Phillips | NDL Junior pitcher Ethan Smock got the start on Friday night for the home opener at Logan County High School.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_NDL2017312204437405.jpgPhotos by Kelly Phillips | NDL Junior pitcher Ethan Smock got the start on Friday night for the home opener at Logan County High School.

Third Bell smiles at the Hopkinsville pitcher during the windup. The Cougars won the game 14-4.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_NDL-52017312204448809.jpgThird Bell smiles at the Hopkinsville pitcher during the windup. The Cougars won the game 14-4.

Kaleb Justice dives for a ball during a pick-off attempt. Logan County won the game 14-4.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_NDL-22017312204440188.jpgKaleb Justice dives for a ball during a pick-off attempt. Logan County won the game 14-4.

Cougar fans bundled up for the first game of the season at Logan County. The temperature was 42 degrees for the first pitch.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_NDL-32017312204443203.jpgCougar fans bundled up for the first game of the season at Logan County. The temperature was 42 degrees for the first pitch.

Austin Rayno makes contact early in the game on Friday. The Junior looks to continue his success at the plate in 2017.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_NDL-42017312204445984.jpgAustin Rayno makes contact early in the game on Friday. The Junior looks to continue his success at the plate in 2017.

By Kelly Phillips

[email protected]

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