The 2016 baseball Cougars are the 13th district champions. Logan County clashed with the Wildcats from Franklin-Simpson on Tuesday night in Elkton for the title. The final score was 4-3.
The district tournament kicked off on Monday for Logan County, Russellville, Franklin-Simpson, and hosts Todd County Central.
The Cougars took on the Todd County Central Rebels in the opening contest. Things did not go well from the start for the (3-25) Rebels. Austin Rayno, the lead-off batter for Logan, was hit by a pitch. The Todd County pitcher walked the following two hitters. The Cougars took advantage of the situation by putting up six runs in the 1st inning.
The Offensive onslaught continued throughout the remainder of the game. Dylan Penick went deep in the bottom of the 4th. The two run shot was Penick’s first homer of the season. Logan County destroyed Todd County 12-1 in five innings.
Austin Rayno, Nick Wooden, and Dylan Penick had two hits each. Nick Wooden led the pack with three RBIs.
Senior Jordan Hendrix went the distance for Logan County. His nine strikeouts dominated the Rebel lineup. Todd County only managed two hits.
The opening win set up a championship meeting with the Franklin-Simpson Wildcats on Tuesday night. The (19-16) Cats beat the Cougars at Logan County High School on May 3.
Franklin took advantage of an early 1st inning error to jump ahead 1-0. The score would not change until the bottom of the 3rd. Bradley Taylor made up for the defensive error by hitting an RBI double down the first base line. The two teams remained knotted at one run each until the last of the 5th. Koby Wall doubled to lead off the inning. Michael Riley smacked a single up the middle. Wall scored on the throw to the plate making the score 2-1.
The Cougars would not stop there. With two outs in the bottom of the 6th inning, Austin Rayno doubled in two more runs. Logan County had a little breathing room at 4-1 going into the final frame. Franklin-Simpson would not make things easy on Ethan Smock and the Cougars.
The 7th inning started out with a quick ground out to Dylan Penick. The Wildcats had runners at first and second after a walk and hit by pitch. The Franklin catcher, Jacob Curtis, hit a single to right field, making it 4-2. The next batter smashed a double to the fence in right center field. One run scored on the hit, but the tying run was gunned down at the plate. With two outs and the tying run on third for Franklin, Smock got the batter to ground out to Bradley Taylor to end the game 4-3.
The Cougars pounded out ten hits in the championship win. Franklin-Simpson had six. Michael Riley hit three singles. Austin Rayno and Bradley Taylor had two hits, including a double each. Dylan Penick, D.J. Beard, and Koby Wall had one hit a piece.
Ethan Smock turned in a solid winning effort on the steep hill at Rebel field. Smock retired five Wildcats on strikeouts, walked two, and only allowed two earned runs.
Logan County (28-8) will now gear up for the 4th Region baseball tournament which starts Monday at Western Kentucky University.