With only two games to play in the regular season the collegiate baseball league got back in action Tuesday night. For the last time in Jefferson City the Cougars came to town to take on the Eagles. The Cougars come in playing some good baseball and riding their string starting pitcher core. The Eagles also come in after winning the day before and want to get a streak going before the playoffs. The Cougars sent out Garren Jackson while the Eagles countered with the righty Jacob Hanson.
Shaw and the Cougars led the game off with a single but Ethan Goforth, the Eagles catcher, caught him stealing and nailed him with a middle from the knees and Jacob Hanson got the next two batters to go 1-2-3. In the bottom of the first the Eagles attacked early. Andrew and Mendenhall led the game off with singles and Ethan Goforth battled for a eight pitch at bat while sending the ninth over the wall for a 3- run bomb before Jackson could even record an out. Hanson would roll through the next two innings while walking two but never allowing a run. Meanwhile for Jackson and the Cougars they didn’t have the same luck. In the third inning Killian Doughtry walked and Bryce Hodge hit a moonshot over the fence for a 2 run home run to take a 6 run lead. Jackson would walk Blackburn and Tyler Shaver and Micah Genter would hit a bases clearing double to increase their lead to 8.
Jacob Hanson on the other hand stayed hot through five inning before finally having some trouble in the sixth. A single for Caldwell, a walk for Shepard, and then a bases clearing double from Brennan Davis finally got the Cougars on the board, but that’s all the offense could muster for the day. Hanson would get the next seven batters out to finish off the complete game. The Eagles scores one last run from back to back doubles from Mendenhall and Goforth.
The standouts of the game were definitely Ethan Goforth and Jacob Hanson. Despite being key pieces constantly throughout the game each player played their part in holding it down for their team when things got tough. Hanson went all 7 innings while allowing four hits, gave up 2 runs, and walked four in total. Ethan Goforth went 2-3 with a home run and a double. He had 4 RBI’s in total while also throwing a guy out at second. Goforth was the voice all the Eagles heard every step of the way to this 9-2 route of the Cougars.
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