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Cougars lose scoring battle to district rival Karns

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By Dwane Wilder

Campbell County High School’s varsity baseball team had another run of bad luck Tuesday afternoon during a rematch against visiting district foe Karns.

The Cougars (0-8 overall) went toe-to-toe with the Beavers early on but gave up seven runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings of an 11-6 loss.

Again, errors played a big part in Campbell County’s defeat. The Cougars made five miscues.

Karns went up 3-0 in the first two innings before Campbell County could get on the scoreboard. Trammel Marlow scored the Cougars’ first run when a line drive got past the Beavers’ first baseman.

Joe Goins came home to get the home team within one, 3-2, but Campbell County left two runners stranded as the second inning came to a close.

The Cougars traded runs with the Beavers in the third inning. Outfielder Lance Webber smacked a double to left center field and scored on a base hit by Justin Willoughby.

Karns took an 8-4 lead in the top of the fourth inning. Campbell County answered with a couple of runs in the bottom of the fourth by Goins and Chris Hutson. The Cougars missed a golden opportunity when they left the bases loaded.

Neither team was able to score during a fifth inning stalemate.

The Beavers padded their lead with three runs in the top of the sixth inning. Campbell County got one more runner across in the bottom of the seventh inning, when Willoughby scored on a bases-loaded balk.

Webber and Willoughby went 2-for-3 each to lead Campbell County hitters. Webber had a pair of doubles. Goins, Hutson, Brandon Kindred, Donnie Huddleston and Andrew Dykes each had a base hit for the Cougars.

Huddleston was tagged with the loss after pitching the first five innings. He struck out four batters along the way. Potter fired one strikeout in a relief role.

Josh Rendles picked up the win and also had a productive afternoon at the plate (2-for-3, HR) Cody Shoup went 3-for-4 for Karns.

Softball

The Lady Cougars dropped a home doubleheader, 17-1 and 8-0, last week to Union County. Shortstop Haleigh Gulley drove in Campbell County’s lone run in the first game.

Latosha Carroll pitched the first game for the Lady Cougars, while freshman Alex Hempsall took the mound in the nightcap.