Cougars sweep Scott County

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By Dwane Wilder

Campbell County High School’s varsity baseball team salvaged a rough week with a series sweep of Scott County.

The Cougars crushed the Highlanders, 14-1, Monday afternoon to improve their record to 6-23 overall with one regular season game left to play.

The game was called after five innings due to the 10-run slaughter rule.

Sophomore lefthander Andrew Dykes went the distance to earn the victory. He struck out eight batters along the way and limited the Highlanders to just two hits.

Scott County scored the first run of the game on a wild pitch in the top of the first inning. It was all downhill for the Highlanders after that.

The Cougars scored all of their runs in the first four innings. Campbell County collected nine hits. Joe Goins had an inside-the-park home run with 3 RBI. Billy Tindell went 2-for-2 with a double, single and 2 RBI; followed by Blake Potter, 1-for-2 with a double and 2 RBI; Dykes, 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI; Chris Hutson, 1-for-2 with an RBI; Lance Webber, 1-for-1 with 2 RBI; Cody Willoughby, 1-for-1; and Trammel Marlow, 1-for-3.

Three days earlier, the Cougars routed Scott County, 19-4, at Huntsville.

Potter pitched all six innings for Campbell County, scattered five hits and struck out a career-high nine batters in the process.

Goins had a 1-run homer, followed by Justin Willoughby with a triple and an RBI; Tindell, a double and 2 RBI; Stephen Alley, a double, single and an RBI; Webber (2 RBI), Dykes and Hutson, two singles each; Potter and Marlow, one single each.

It was 7-3 after four innings, but the Cougars blew the game wide open by scoring 12 runs in the final two innings.

The victories helped ease the sting of being swept by district foe Knoxville West in a pair of close games last week.

The Cougars blew a 2-1 lead in the seventh inning of a 3-2 home loss last Wednesday to the Rebels. West scored the tying run by drawing a walk on a full-count pitch with the bases loaded and two out.

John Cantrell went the distance for the Rebels and had two of his nine strikeouts in the seventh inning when the game was on the line. Donnie Huddleston suffered the loss for the Cougars.

Campbell County’s five hits were scattered among Webber, Potter, Justin Willoughby (triple and an RBI), Goins and Tindell. Dykes had an RBI.

The following afternoon, Campbell County lost 8-6 at West. The Cougars gave up seven runs in the third inning but battled back in the top of the seventh. With the bases loaded and two out, Potter drilled a double to drive in two runs. Campbell County had the go-ahead run at the plate when the game ended.

Marlow went 1-for-3 with a single. Dykes also had a base hit. Marlow struck out four batters during the last three innings while pitching in relief of Justin Willoughby.

The Cougars are scheduled to open district tournament play today (Thurs.) at 6:30 against Hardin Valley, though the site of the game was unclear as of Tuesday afternoon.