Sluggish bats bog down Cougars' baseball team

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By Dwane Wilder

Runs have been a bit hard to come by for the Campbell County High School varsity baseball team.


As a result, the Cougars’ summer league record dropped to 3-4 Monday night following a doubleheader loss to visiting Lenoir City.

Campbell County was shut out 9-0 in the first game and suffered a 3-1 setback in the nightcap.

The Cougars produced only one hit (single by Chris Hutson) and got three runners on base during the first game.

Andrew Dykes got the starting nod for Campbell County and struck out four batters before yielding the mound in the fourth inning to Joe Goins, who had never pitched in a varsity game.

Dykes was tagged with the loss.The Cougars got on the scoreboard during the second game, but managed to score only one run on five hits.

Hutson, who will be a sophomore this fall, went 2-for-3 at the plate and might have scored the first run for his team if he hadn’t been tagged out while coming home after a third-inning single by Lance Webber.

Dykes scored Campbell County’s lone run in the fourth inning and was walked twice.

Billy Tindle had a single to load the bases in the fourth, and Stephen Alley got a base hit to drive in Dykes.

Donnie Huddleston went the distance for the Cougars and struck out five batters along the way.

Last week, Campbell County split two games with Clinton after sweeping the Dragons in a doubleheader the week before.

During the first game, a 1-0 Clinton victory, the Dragons loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth inning on an error and two walks, the last of which was intentional.

With the infield pulled in to prevent a run from scoring, the Dragons hit a bloop single just over the second baseman’s outstretched hand to score the winning run. Dykes went the distance for the Cougars, fanned half a dozen batters, and had a two-hitter going to the sixth inning.

Hutson (1-for-3) and Goins (1-for-1 with a walk) had Campbell County’s only two hits of the game. The Cougars got two runners on base during the second and fourth innings, but they were left stranded.

Campbell County got on the scoreboard first in the opening frame of the nightcap. Hutson led off with a double, and then came home on Webber’s RBI single.

Goins led off the second inning with a single, stole second base and scored on an RBI single by Tindle.

With his team leading 2-0, Huddleston came in to pitch after sitting out the first four games with an injury. He went four innings, gave up only two hits and struck out four batters to lead the Cougars to a 2-1 victory.