Monday night kicked off another week of collegiate league baseball as the Cougars came to Jefferson City to take on the hometown Eagles. With only three weeks left in the 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 going to Knoxville and taking two from the first place Copperheads while the Eagles have struggled of late in their pitching staff.
On a hot humid day in Jefferson City the Cougars sent out righty Tony Curry to the mound to get things started. Curry worked fast and efficient through the first 3 innings of the game while striking out four and only allowing three hits and one run. In the fourth Curry would allow another run by from an early walk and some passed balls to trail 2-0. Entering the fifth inning Curry would give up a few base hits and finish off his last inning of the game allowing a total of six runs.
The Cougars offense was virtually on existent Monday night as they collected a total of four hits through the game, all of which were singles. Ro lead off the game Tyler Thompson and McCarthy hit singles but were both thrown out trying to take an extra base. From then on McCarthy would collect one more hit while Cade Davis would be the other lone Cougar. The Cougars would go seven innings without scoring a run because of a masterful night by Will Heflin.
Heflin was rolling after his defense helped make those two early stops. Heflin commanded the zone, stayed ahead of hitters, while also keeping them off balance and guessing. He went a total of six innings while striking out 5, allowing 3 hits, and walking one. Every ball put in play was a weak contact out and he worked through innings very quickly.
The Eagle’s offense was on fire after taking a little while to get started. A double by Mendenhall and Ethan Goforth helped bring the first run across the board and Hodge would work his way across home after being walked. Andrew would single in the fifth, Goforth and Doughtry would get free passes, and Malik Kyle hit a no doubt grand slam over the right field fence to take a commanding 6-0 lead that would end the chance of a Cougar come back. The Eagles would score one last insurance run to ice a 7-0 shutout over the visiting Cougars. Will Heflin would take home Player of the game honors.
Game 2 was started but after a fast half inning the game would be stopped due to lightning then later cancelled due to a storm and the conditions.
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