The Logan County Cougars claimed their fourth 13th District Championship in a row on Tuesday night. The Cougars came out on Monday to get a big 9-2 win over the Todd County Central Rebels to advance to the championship game. The Cougars faced the Franklin-Simpson Wildcats on Tuesday. The Cougars defense fought hard to win the game 2-0 to win the championship on their home field.
On Monday, the Rebels would start the game off with a lead over the Cougars. The Rebels homered to score two runs in the first inning of the game. Michael Riley scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the second, but the Rebels held on to their lead until the bottom of the third.
Caleb Bruner started the inning after he scored on an error. Daniel Beaty would score on a fielder’s choice and Riley would score on a wild pitch. This would bring the Cougars lead to 4-2 as the two teams went into the fourth inning.
Matt Harper would rack up three RBI’s in the fifth inning after hitting a home run to score himself along with Luke Woodall and senior Jacob Wood. Beaty would then get a hit to score Bruner. With those four runs, the Cougars would now lead 8-2 at the end of the fifth inning. Tucker Baldwin would score on an error in the bottom of the sixth, and they would wrap up the Cougars 9-2 win over the Rebels.
Matt Harper led the Cougars with three RBI’s. Daniel Beaty and Tucker Baldwin ended the game with one RBI each. Senior Joe Holliday pitched for the Cougars for six innings. Holliday allowed two runs, three hits, walked two and struck out six. Hunter Britt pitched the seventh inning. Britt allowed no runs, no hits and struck out one.
On Tuesday, the Cougars would face the Franklin-Simpson Wildcats in the 13th district championship game. Senior Ian Woodall started the game off for the Cougars after hitting an RBI single to score senior Jacob Wood.
The two teams would battle throughout the game and the Cougars would hold on to their small 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the fifth, Matt Harper would get a big hit that would end up to be a inside the park home run. Harper scored and the Cougars would now lead 2-0.
Michael Riley would end the game after catching the third out for the Cougars in the seventh inning and the Cougars would claim the championship on their home field.
Caleb Bruner pitched the shut out game for the Cougars. Bruner allowed four hits, no runs, walked none and struck out six.
“It’s really nice to win one here at home, that has never happened for me. Four in a row is pretty special because I think that we have faced some pretty good competition over those four years. I think right now our team believes in one another, and thinks that no matter what the situations that we can overcome it and win. Our pitching and defense has carried us this season and hopefully that can continue,” said head coach Ethan Meguiar. “This is a great group of kids that play the game the right way every day, they play with a lot of intensity and passion. They have just been a pleasure to coach.”
Meguiar says the teams will work on their mistakes they made in the district tournament and try to be as prepared as they can for the draw on Saturday. He says near the end of the year is tough to keep the kids focused on the goals, but he thinks this group has their priorities in order.
The Cougars will begin their journey in the 4th region tournament on Monday.