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Owenby, Panthers dominate Cougars

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By Dwane Wilder

Powell ace Drake Owenby owned the Cougars during a Monday afternoon baseball game at Campbell County High.

With Major League Baseball scouts watching from the stands, the University of Tennessee recruit and pro prospect pitched a complete game 18-0 district shutout of the Cougars (2-8 district, 8-10 overall).

Owenby, a strapping lefthander, struck out a dozen batters and walked none in a dominating performance. In fact, had it not been for Campbell County catcher Bo Farris (2-for-2), the Panthers’ star would’ve pitched a perfect game. 

Farris was able to hit Owenby twice and had the only hits of the game for the Cougars. 

Owenby’s fastballs were consistently between 88-90 mph, with four pitches clocked at 92 mph. He also helped his cause by hitting a 3-run homer and a double.

With a 1-0 lead after the first inning, Powell was just getting started. The Panthers exploded for 10 runs in the top of the second inning and scored three in each of the third and fourth innings. 

Owenby’s round-tripper came in the third inning.

The Cougars hurt themselves again by making mistakes. Campbell County committed five errors during the game, which was shortened to five innings because of the 10-run slaughter rule.

Campbell County used three different pitchers against the Panthers. Aaron Chapman got the starting nod, while freshman Andrew Evans and Landon Brackett saw relief action. 

The Panthers collected a total of 15 hits during the game.

Farris is having a great year, both in the field and at the plate. His two singles against Owenby gives him a team best 21 hits this season and raised his batting average to .368, which is also tops for the Cougars.

Campbell County lost another home district game Tuesday night. The Cougars were shutout 4-0 by the Hardin Valley Hawks. 

Campbell County was scheduled for a rematch with Powell yesterday afternoon at Knoxville. 

The Cougars will host league rival Karns at 1 p.m. on Saturday in a rematch of an earlier game that Campbell County won.