Jesus Zamarripa makes a throw from third base at Russellville High School earlier in the year.

Jesus Zamarripa makes a throw from third base at Russellville High School earlier in the year.

The 2018 high school baseball season featured ups and downs for both the Cougars and Panthers. Russellville saw more downs than ups in a season that saw injuries and a young team trying to rebuild for the future. Logan County won the 13th District championship in Franklin, but was upset in the opening round of the 4th Region tournament at WKU.

The Panthers finished the season with a record of (2-22.) The two wins were both shut out wins over Caverna in a Saturday doubleheader.

The Cougars got all the way to Western Kentucky University with a (24-9) record. Bowling Green shocked Logan County with a 9-0 win to end the season in the Fourth Region tournament.

The Cougar offense was strong in 2018. Senior Bradley Taylor finished with 14 home runs, which is the best in the state of Kentucky. Kaleb Justice slugged 11 homers, good enough for 3rd in the state. Justice also had 51 RBIs, which ranks fifth in Kentucky.

Taylor led the Cougars with a .486 batting average. Braxton Meguiar and Justice finished with a .457 average. Koby Wall had just under .400 with a .396. Wall also popped seven home runs this season.

The Cougar pitching staff also finished with good numbers. Jackson Steward started eight games and won seven of those. Ethan Smock was (5-1.) Dylan Penick got two wins and zero losses in an injury-shortened season. Nick Wooden was (6-2) with a 1.750 ERA.

Steward led the team in strikeouts with 46. Riley Ferguson struck out 37 in only 28.1 innings of work. Wooden and Smock each fanned 36 batters. Koby Wall had 29 K's in 24.1 innings on the mound.

Dillon Porter led the Russellville Panthers with a .311 batting average. The Senior also led in hits (14,) and RBIs (6.)

Hunter McDowell finished with a .256 average. Jackson Hampton had a .200 batting average. Both Hampton and McDowell had ten hits.

Jackson Hampton hit five doubles this season.

Gram Humphrey had 11 steals for the Panthers. McDowell finished second with seven stolen bases.

On the mound, the two wins went to Hampton and Porter. Dillon Porter struck out 64 batters in only 43.2 innings of work.

The Panthers had only three Seniors on the roster. The Cougars will say goodbye to six Seniors.