Cougars outlast Panthers, 13-7

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By Dwane Wilder

Campbell County High School’s varsity baseball team picked up its 10th win of the season Friday night with a 13-7 triumph over Cumberland Gap at Brown-Archer Field.


Aaron Chapman had a productive game at the plate and on the mound for the Cougars (2-12 district, 10-15 overall).

With his bat, Chapman went 2-for-4 with 4 RBI. He also pitched nearly half the game before being relieved by freshman Tate McGhee with one out in the top of the fourth and Campbell County leading 5-4.

Landon Brackett and Lee Sharp also went 2-for-4 for the Cougars. Brackett drove in three runs and scored three runs. Sharp scored three times.

Bo Farris had an RBI triple. Chris Hutson went 1-for-1 and scored three runs. David Hickman went 2-for-3.

Campbell County put two runs on the board in the bottom of the first inning. Farris drove in the first run with a triple and later scored after narrowly escaping a rundown.

The Cougars went up 5-0 in the bottom of the third with RBI singles from Brackett, Hutson and Chapman. Campbell County left the inning with runners stranded on second and third.

Brackett made a spectacular catch of a fly ball in right field for the first out of the fourth inning.

Jake Elliott drove in the first three runs for Cumberland Gap with a bases-loaded triple in the top of the fourth. Before the inning was out, the Panthers scored again to get within 5-4.

McGhee came on in relief with one out and the tying run at  first base. He held Cumberland Gap hitters in check the rest of the inning.

Campbell County scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth. Brackett reached on a bunt after the Panthers threw the ball over the first baseman’s head, which allowed two runners to score.

Brackett stole home on a wild pitch to make it 8-4. Chapman drove in Hutson for a 9-4 lead.

Center fielder Tucker Cain saved a run by catching a fly ball in the top of the fifth inning. The Panthers ended the inning with two men stranded.

Farris had an RBI in the bottom of the fifth. Courtesy runner Andrew Evans scored on a wild pitch, and Chapman reached on an error that led to Campbell County’s final two runs of the game.

Senior Andy Hickman came on in the top of the sixth to protect the Cougars’ 13-5 lead. The Panthers scored two runs in the top of the seventh, but that would be it. Hickman ended the game with four strikeouts in two full innings of relief work.

McGhee was credited with the win. Matt Wade started the game on the mound for Cumberland Gap, with lefty Nathan Hatmaker pitching in relief from the fourth inning on.

The previous afternoon, Campbell County fell 12-5 at Fulton. Hutson went 3-for-4 with 3 RBI, while Chapman went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI. The Cougars had a 4-1 lead until giving up seven runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Campbell County came from behind to defeat visiting Union County, 2-1, last Wednesday afternoon. Andy Hickman was credited with the victory after pitching a complete game and striking out seven batters.

The Cougars had four total hits on singles by Farris, Joseph Williams, Cain and Brackett.

Union County took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Campbell County tied the game in the bottom of the third and scored the deciding run in the bottom of the sixth.