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Spencer
Spencer picks up three hits, a save on the mound, and the MVP of the showcase game.

Cougars Win 2 of 3 Games
This Past Weekend
 
Although the Cougars lost their first game of the season, they won in two others and ran their record to 8-1 in what was an exciting weekend of baseball.
 
Their biggest win came Saturday when they beat the Pleasant Plains Cardinals by a score of 13-10 at the Springfield Showcase. The game was just one of several matchups between the states top-ranked Class A teams and was played at Lanphier Park, the annual site of the small school state tournament.
 
The Cougars other win came Friday afternoon at home against a very competitive Carlyle Indian squad. It took eight innings, but the Cougars eventually prevailed 7-6.
 
In the Pleasant Plains game, the Cougars scored first when Spencer Patton laced a two-out single up the middle, and after advancing to third on a pair of pass balls, scored when Shane Landreth rifled a shot into right-center for an RBI triple.
 
In the third, the Cougars struck again. Brian Wodtka reached on a two-out double to right-center, Brock Adams followed with an RBI double to left-center, and Trey Garrett drove him home with single to left.
 
After Plains scored two in their half of the 3rd and three more in the 4th to take a 5-3 lead, the Cougars exploded for nine runs in the 5th to make it 12-5.
 
Again, the rally started with two outs. After Tyler Burns led of the inning with a single and a stolen base, Matt Hicks and Wodtka were both retired on groundouts, but Burns would score the first run when the Plains shortstop pulled the firstbaseman off the bag with his throw on Brock Adams' slow roller.
 
Garrett and Nick Jones each drew back-to-back walks to load the bases and after Adams scored on a pass ball, Patton gave the Cougars a 7-5 lead when belted a double to right. Landreth was hit by a pitch and Miles Yates walked to load the bases again, then up stepped Burns, and he delivered his second hit of the inning, a single to left to score two more.
 
Hicks walked to load em' up again and Wodtka struck the final blow when his mammoth shot to centerfield one-hopped the fence near the 415 foot sign to put the Cougars up 12-5.
 
The Cardinals would not die however, and they scored four more runs in their half of the inning to get to within three, but Patton came on in relief of starter Tyler Burns to put out the fire.
 
After each team traded runs in the 6th, Patton pitched a perfect 7th inning to record the save and the Cougars held on for win. Patton was also named the game's MVP for his efforts on the mound as well as his three hits.
 
Friday's game with Carlyle was a see-saw contest with the lead changing hands several times and eventually, found both teams deadlocked after seven innings of regulation play.
 
Starting pitcher Trey Garrett gave way to Patton for the final two innings and he held the Indians in check until Hicks' bases-loaded single in the 8th ended it.
 
Besides Hicks' heroics, other hitting stars on the day were Wodtka and Garrett, as they each blasted homers to help lead the offensive charge.
 
The weary Cougar pitching staff ran into buzzsaw in their third game of the weekend when they were soundly defeated by the Rochester Rockets 10-0 in five innings.
 
Hicks and Adams were the only Cougar players to pick up hits against Rochester's hard-throwing righty, considered by many one of the top pitchers in the state.
 
The Cougars are back in action next Tuesday when the travel to Greenville to take on the 11-1 Comets.
 
 
BOXSCORES

Carlyle... 021  120  00 .... 6   5   3
South Central... 003  120  01 .... 7  12  3
 

AB R H RBI
Burns.....3 1 1  0 
Hicks.....5 1 2  3 
Wodtka.....3 1 1  1 
Adams.....4 0 1  0 
 Garrett.....4 1 2  2 
Jones.....4 0 0  0 
Patton.....3 2 2  0 
Landreth.....3 1 2  0 
Yates.....2 0 1  1 
Total.....31 7 12  7 
 
2B-Burns, Hicks
HR-Wodtka, Garrett
WP-Patton (3-0)

South Central...012  091  0....13 11 4
Pleasant Plains...002  341  0....10  9  3
 

AB R H RBI
Burns.....5 2 2  2 
Hicks.....4 1 0  0 
Wodtka.....4 1 2  3 
Adams.....5 2 1  2 
Garrett.....3 1 1  1 
Jones.....2 2 0  0 
Patton.....4 2 3  2 
Landreth.....2 0 1  1 
Yates.....3 1 1  1 
Lotz.....0 1 0  0 
Total.....32 13 11 12 
 
2B-Wodtka, Adams
3B-Wodtka, Patton, Landreth
WP-Burns (3-0)
SV-Patton

South Central... 000  00 ....  0   2  2
Rochester... 820  0x .... 10  8  0
 

AB R H RBI
Burns.....2 0 0  0 
Hicks.....1 0 1  0 
Wodtka.....2 0 0  0 
Adams.....2 0 1  0 
 Garrett.....2 0 0  0 
Jones.....2 0 0  0 
Patton.....1 0 0  0 
Landreth.....1 0 0  0 
Yates.....2 0 0  0 
 Purcell.....1 0 0  0 
Engel.....1 0 0  0 
Total.....17 0 2  0 
 
LP-Yates (0-1)

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If you fail to prepare...you are preparing to fail.

Brian
Bee after his 3-run triple against Plains.

tyler
Tyler battled the Cardinals for 4 grueling innings.

Shane
Shane after his RBI triple in the 2nd.

Nick
Nick goes after one agaist the lefty.

Trey
Trey is all smiles after HR number four.

Brock
Brock prepares to unload against Carlyle.

Bee
Great action pic by photographer Kyle Landreth.

Matt
Matt's ready to high-five after his game-winning hit.

Miles
Just a little out front on this one Miles.

Mattie and Brooke
Pretty girls?....no, just a distraction for the players.

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 Record:  8-1
 
Waltonville at South Central.....Won   13-1
Altamont at South Central.....Won   14-3
Stew-Stras at South Central.....Won   12-2
South Central at Brownstown.....Won   15-2
South Central at Flora.....Won     7-2
Patoka at South Central.....Won     8-3
Carlyle at South Central.....Won     7-6
S.C. vs Pleasant Plains.....Won 13-10
South Central at Rochester.....Lost   10-0
 
 

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