Late run boosts Cougars

Published 1:41 pm Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Escambia Academy Cougars pitcher Michael Thompson checks his man during the Cougars’ win over the Monroe Academy Volunteers on Monday.

Escambia Academy’s varsity and junior varsity baseball squads took on the Monroe Academy Volunteers in baseball action on Monday night at Escambia Academy in Canoe.

The Cougars varsity battled the Volunteers for seven innings before coming away with a 1-0 victory thanks to a run in the bottom of the seventh inning.

In junior varsity action, the younger Cougars had trouble getting runs on the scoreboard, as the Volunteers shut out EA 9-0.

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The Cougars’ next games will be Friday on the road against the Clarke Prep Gators in Grove Hill. Games begin with the junior varsity at 3 p.m. with the varsity starting at 5:30 p.m.

EA 1
MA 0
Superb pitching from Michael Thompson was the key to the Escambia Academy Cougars’ victory over the Monroe Academy Volunteers in the Cougars’ 1-0 win Monday.

Thompson pitched a complete game of seven innings for the Cougars giving up two hits, but recording 12 strikeouts and no walks in his outing.

The teams fought for offense in the match up with the Cougars recording nine hits and the Volunteers only managing the two off of Thompson.

With Thompson mowing down batters from the mound, it became a race to score the first run, but in the bottom of the seventh, Cougar Reid Bell (1-for-4, RBI) secured an RBI-single that allowed Jarrett Hadley (2-for-3, R) to cross the plate to end the game 1-0.

Even with only one run, the Cougars had plenty of batters getting things done at the plate with Cole Boatwright (3-for-3, 2 2B) leading the team with three hits. Also recording hits for the Cougars were Chance Jackson (1-for-3), Austin McGhee (1-for-3) and Braxton Chastang (1-for-4).

Runs were hard to come by Monday unless you were a Monroe Academy Volunteer in Monday’s junior varsity match up between the Volunteers and the hosting Escambia Academy Cougars.

The Cougars junior varsity found batters on base, but could never capitalize, as the Volunteers walked away with a 9-0 win.

Monroe scored one run in the top of the first and then followed up with three runs in the third inning, two in the fourth inning and three more to close out the game in the top of the fifth inning.

Defensively, the Cougars did what they could to keep the Monroe batters off the basepath only giving up four hits in the game. The difference came from six walks from two EA pitchers in the contest.

At the plate, recording hits for the Cougars in the loss were J.P. Sawyer (1-for-2), Trey McGhee (1-for-2) and Tadd Wall (1-for-2).