The Collegiate league was back in action Thursday night after two canceled games on Monday and Tuesday. Despite the threat of rain all afternoon the Cougars came to Knoxville to play the Copperheads. To catch up with the past couple games being cancelled the league decided to play a two 7 inning games. With games back in action we saw the Cougars send Bryce Woody out on the mound vs. Jordan Davis and his Copperheads.
The day was dominated by Cougar’s pitching as Woody put his foot on the gas and never let off from the first pitch. Woody was masterful through his first three innings of work by not giving up a single hit and struck out two. With the conditions on the field and a tough playing surface Woody took full advantage by keeping hitters off balance, attacking early, and allowing weak contact to the Copperhead offense.
He would get run support from his guys by a tough outing from Jordan Davis. The righty struggled to find the zone and went into deep counts with the majority of the Cougars. Lecomte and Caldwell would get back to back singles resulting in the first Cougars run. Followed by a Robinson walk, Parrott walk, single by Lecomte, Blevins walk, single from Cook, and finally a double by Shepard. The long inning resulted in four more runs for the Cougars and a commanding 5-0 lead. The Copperheads relied on Richard Jackson and Brock Beeler to keep the deficit where it was and the duo did well. Only allowing one run between the two in four total innings. Free passes ultimately killed the Copperheads and any chance of coming back from the Cougar lead.
In the fourth Seth Hunt quickly awoke the offense by homering to left center. The solo shot finally put the Copperheads on the board but it would take two more innings before Jordan would hit a triple and score on a past ball ultimately doing it all on his own.
The masterful outing earned Woody Player of the game honors as his final stat line ran as a complete game 7 innings 4 hits 6 strikeouts and 2 earned runs. One crazy stat of the day was Woody ultimately allowed the Copperheads to hit for the cycle. Not one player but rather the whole team. Woody allowed a homerun, then a triple, followed by a Cameron Payne double, and finally a Dom Leo single that accounted for all of the Copperhead’s offense.
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