If there were any lingering memories of last year’s 1-0 elimination loss to Karns in the district tournament, the Campbell County High School baseball team erased them Thursday afternoon.
Aaron Chapman pitched a complete game shutout to lead the Cougars to a 2-0 triumph over the host Beavers.
Campbell County got on the scoreboard in the top of the third inning, when catcher Bo Farris drove in Nick Bailey with a base hit. The Cougars added another run in the top of the sixth, when Joseph Williams drove in Chris Hutson.
Each team got three hits and committed one error.
The following afternoon, Campbell County tried to make it two in a row with a home game against Fulton. However, four errors proved costly for the Cougars, who fell 5-3.
For the most part, the game was a pitching duel between Campbell County’s Hunter Scott (5 Ks) and Fulton’s Austin Starnes.
The Cougars spotted the Falcons a 1-0 lead. Campbell County took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second inning on RBI singles by Bailey and Hutson.
Andy Hickman tripled for the Cougars in the bottom of the third, but was left stranded.
Fulton tied the game in the top of the fourth and took the lead, 4-2, in the top of the fifth.
Williams got on board with a double in the bottom of the fifth. Chapman drove in a run to get the Cougars within 4-3, but Williams was left stranded on third base as the inning came to a close.
Shortstop Hutson and first baseman Chapman teamed up in the top of the sixth for their second double play of the game. Bailey and Tucker Cain got on with base hits in the bottom of the sixth only to be left stranded.
Chapman came on in relief with two out in the top of the seventh and runners on first and second base. He struck out the next batter.
Campbell County had a prime opportunity to win the game in the bottom of the seventh inning. Williams and Chapman got on with base hits, while Lee Sharp drew a walk to load the bases with two out.
Landon Brackett hit a deep fly ball, which Fulton’s right fielder tracked down for the final out.
In addition to the two double plays by Hutson and Chapman, junior catcher Bo Farris twice threw out runners attempting to steal second base.
Williams, Cain and Bailey each went 2-for-3 at the plate.
On Saturday afternoon, Campbell County hosted district rival Clinton. The Dragons won, 10-1, in six innings.
Hutson went 2-for-4 to lead the Cougar hitters, while Farris was 1-for-3 with an RBI and Andy Hickman was 1-for-2.
Campbell County led 1-0 going into the top of the fourth inning, where Clinton put four runs on the board to take the lead. The Dragons scored four more times in the fifth and twice in the sixth.
The Cougars fell to 2-6 in district play and 7-7 overall.
Campbell County host Whitley County, Ky. on Monday afternoon and lost 13-1 to a team it beat by four runs a week ago. The Colonels (4-4 overall) racked up 15 hits, while the Cougars (7-8 overall) could manage only two: singles by Farris and Sharp.
Whitley County scored nearly half its runs (6) in the top of the sixth inning.