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Monday night kicked off another week of collegiate league baseball as the Copperheads came to Seymour, Tennessee to take on the hometown Cougars. With only one week left in the regular season both teams are looking for a hot streak to carry themselves into the post season. The Cougars come in playing some good baseball after taking two at home from the Copperheads while the Copperheads had come off a nice performance from last Thursday.
The Copperheads sent out Braxton Dieckhause to pitch for them in game one. The Copperheads has a very limited pitching staff Monday night so Dieckhause needed to pitch well and for as long as he could. Despite a walk Dieckhause rolled through the first inning, but heading into the second things didn’t stay his way. He hit Blevins and then Cal Cook hit a moonshot over the centerfield fence to put the Cougars on the board first. In the third Dieckhause have ip a leadoff walk that came around to score and would ultimately walk three more to end his night. Brock Beeler would come on to end the inning and finish off the fourth but not before the Cougars scored three more runs.
The Copperhead bats were silent for the majority of game one but every time they sneaked across a hit nothing could be done to get him around the bases. Tony Curry of the Cougars had an amazing pitching performance that had Copperhead hitters clueless. He was relieved in the top of the fifth and that’s when the Copperheads awoke. After two quick outs Cade Gilbert hit a 2- run home run to finally get on the scoreboard. The very next batter, Brent Richey, followed him up with a solo shot of his own. Now within three Jackson hit a triple down the line and on a throwing error scored. The next Copperhead popped up to short to end the game and the attempted comeback.
Game two started immediately with Williams heading out to the mound for the Cougars and Cameron Bloebaum headed out for the Copperheads. Williams got in early trouble by hitting Seth Hunt and giving up a Dom Leo double and a Cade Gilbert single. The Copperheads jumped out to an early 1-0 lead that didn’t stick around for long.
After a scoreless first the Cougars pounced on Bloebaum and infield errors by taking a 5-1 lead. Cal Cook doubled, Parrott was walked, Hoffman singled, and Pullman reached off an error by the Copperhead second baseman. Brennan Davis and Cotton would single in runs that helped lead the charge. After jumping out to the lead the Copperheads struggled to get any offense going.
In the top of the fifth the Copperheads tried to rally like they had in the first game and they were in part successful. Cade Gilbert singled, Brent Richey hit a double, Jackson also doubled scoring both of them, and Graham hit a single scoring Jackson. With all of that the Copperheads still fell short and lost game two 7-4 thanks to Levi Everett settling down and ending the game on a strikeout. The Cougars took two from the hot Copperheads and head into
Jefferson City to take on the Eagles Tuesday night.
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