The game would be held on Russellville’s Kelly Russell Field as the Panthers put their unbeaten home record on the line. With a win they would keep their home record perfect and they would pull even with the Logan County Cougars in the district standings.
But Logan County had other plans.
The Cougars, riding a three-game winning streak where they lit up opposing scoreboards for 20-plus runs, came into the stadium and immediately forced their will upon RHS.
The Panthers in the top of the first inning would get the first two outs, but LCHS would push across two with two outs. The Panthers looked as if they would respond but a stingy defense from the Cougars kept them off the board.
That would be a common theme throughout the game.
“We didn’t hit the ball that great, but we got a lot of timely hits,” Logan County coach Ethan Meguiar said.
Russellville tried to respond with each inning they got someone on base, but an extremely stiff defense behind Dustin Nash slammed the door on any sort of rally
“We played good defense and Nash pitched a very good game,” LCHS catcher Dustin Cartas said.
Nash would go the distance picking up the win, allowing only one run and a few hits that were scattered throughout the game.
“I’m pleased with the way they are playing,” Meguiar said.
Russellville has hit a rough patch as of late. But some of the runs that did cross the plate was not due to the pitching.
“I wish we could have played error free baseball it would have been a lot closer,” Russellville coach Lou Kendall said.
A few defensive miscues and some plain bad luck prevented Russellville from keeping things close.
“They don’t need any help and we gave them some help,” Kendall said “Caleb (Wills) pitched well, he deserved a little bit better than he got.”
Russellville will go back to the drawing board as they try and get some of the defensive miscues worked out.
“One day we’ll get it all together and we’ll see what happens,” Kendall said.
Logan County will be playing Muhlenberg County tonight at home as they try and extend their winning streak to five. They are now 14-6 overall with a 4-1 record in district play.
Russellville will go just down the road and play Grayson County in Bowling Green Ballpark tonight. The Panthers will look to rebound and get back on track as they have a 11-7 record overall with a 2-3 record in district play.