Cougars blowout Panthers in Clash


By Kelly Phillips - [email protected]



Panther Senior TK Hampton fires to first after snagging a grounder during the game at Logan County.


Outfielder Hunter McDowell runs down a fly ball in center during the Clash of the Cats on Friday.


Cougar catcher Jack Campbell connects with a pitch from Russellville’s Evan Humphrey. The Cougars won 9-2.


Photos by Kelly Phillips | NDL Logan County pitcher Dylan Penick tosses a strike to the plate during the second Clash of the Cats of 2017. Penick recorded 16 strikeouts in the 9-2 win.


Cougar shortstop Austin Rayno turns a double play on Friday night. The Cougars won big, 9-2.


Panther Senior Brennan Hughes reacts to a call on Friday night. The Cougars took the win, 9-2.


The rescheduled Clash of the Cats took place on Friday at Logan County High School. Russellville struck first with a two-run home run by Jordan Blick in the first inning, but the Cougars won the game 9-2.

Panther catcher Brock Cleary singled to lead off the game on Friday evening. After stealing second, Cleary was seemingly stranded after watching the next two Russellville batters go down on strikes. Jordan Blick got him in to score when he lofted a shot over the right center field fence. The Panthers 2-0 lead did not last long.

In the bottom of the first, the Cougars got those two runs back on a Dylan Penick single. Jack Campbell and Austin Rayno came around to score. The Panthers would not score again in the game.

In the bottom of the third inning, Bradley Taylor tripled to right. On the very next pitch, Kaleb Justice smashed a homer to center, scoring Taylor and giving Logan County a 4-2 lead. After the next batter, Third Bell hit a triple, Dylan Penick hit another RBI single. Penick would eventually come around to score on a wild pitch, making it 6-2 after three. The Panthers would hold the Cougars scoreless until the bottom of the sixth. Justice doubled in another run. Bell followed up with a two-RBI double, giving the Cougars a 9-2 advantage. That would be the final.

The Panthers finished with two hits, both in the first. The Cougars pounded out ten hits in the win. Kaleb Justice now has three home runs on the season.

On the hill for Logan County, Dylan Penick went the distance for the win. He allowed two runs on the Blick home run. Penick had 16 strikeouts.

Russellville used two pitchers on the evening. Evan Humphrey started for the Panthers. He had nine strikeouts, gave up seven runs on eight hits. Jesus Zamarripa came in the close it out. He allowed two runs on two hits.

Russellville (5-9) will host Franklin-Simpson (13-3) on Tuesday. Logan County (13-5) will host Todd County Central (1-14) on Tuesday.

Panther Senior TK Hampton fires to first after snagging a grounder during the game at Logan County.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_NDLbaseballfootball-32017416195954783.jpgPanther Senior TK Hampton fires to first after snagging a grounder during the game at Logan County.

Outfielder Hunter McDowell runs down a fly ball in center during the Clash of the Cats on Friday.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_NDLbaseballfootball-42017416195957650.jpgOutfielder Hunter McDowell runs down a fly ball in center during the Clash of the Cats on Friday.

Cougar catcher Jack Campbell connects with a pitch from Russellville’s Evan Humphrey. The Cougars won 9-2.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_NDLbaseballfootball-520174162000477.jpgCougar catcher Jack Campbell connects with a pitch from Russellville’s Evan Humphrey. The Cougars won 9-2.

Photos by Kelly Phillips | NDL Logan County pitcher Dylan Penick tosses a strike to the plate during the second Clash of the Cats of 2017. Penick recorded 16 strikeouts in the 9-2 win.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_NDLbaseballfootball-620174162003173.jpgPhotos by Kelly Phillips | NDL Logan County pitcher Dylan Penick tosses a strike to the plate during the second Clash of the Cats of 2017. Penick recorded 16 strikeouts in the 9-2 win.

Cougar shortstop Austin Rayno turns a double play on Friday night. The Cougars won big, 9-2.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_NDLbaseballfootball-720174162006107.jpgCougar shortstop Austin Rayno turns a double play on Friday night. The Cougars won big, 9-2.

Panther Senior Brennan Hughes reacts to a call on Friday night. The Cougars took the win, 9-2.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_NDLbaseballfootball-820174162001282.jpgPanther Senior Brennan Hughes reacts to a call on Friday night. The Cougars took the win, 9-2.

By Kelly Phillips

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