Cougars stumble in regular-season home finale
These two teams both belong to AAA’s Region 2, but interestingly enough, this was there first meeting of the season. Let’s start in the top of the first inning with two outs. Noah Walters’ pitch is swung on and missed, but Jack Carter pops out of his stance and guns the runner down. It takes one hop but it’s perfectly placed, that brings the half inning to a close.
To the bottom of the first, Noah Walters up to bat. Jake Willis pumps it by him for the strikeout.
Same inning, Willis wasting no time. Willis paints the outside corner like he’s Picasso, that’s another called third strike.
We continue to the top of the second, where it’s Walters’ turn to show off his stuff. He makes Logan Spivey look silly.
Then the very next hitter faced a similar fate, Beau Ellington swings through another Walters pitch. Two up, two down in the second inning, and Walters wouldn’t stop there.
How about this breaking ball that rings up Brooks Gulley, Walters strikes out the side!
The pitching duel would continue in the bottom half of the second. Crisp with runners on second and third, just one out. Colton Westbury can put the Cougars in front with a base knock. But he cannot connect. He strikes out, two down, now.
The responsibility moves to Ethan Pollack, as the Cougars try to get these runners home. But he’s caught taking pictures. Willis places a perfect ball on that outside corner of the plate and that will sit him down. Knights get out of the jam, still no score after two innings of play.
Jack Carter would score the Cougars only run in the top of the fourth, and that wouldn’t be enough to hold off the Knights. Upson-Lee tacks on a pair of late runs, and that’s all they would need. Crisp County loses a region heartbreaker, 2-1. Crisp’s last regular season game will be tomorrow, at 6 O’clock, on the road at Upson-Lee.