Cougars win first baseball game of season at Thomas JeffersonThe bats came alive for the Heritage varsity baseball team in the sixth inning Friday afternoon on a long road trip to Thomas Jefferson Academy as the Cougars overcame an early inning deficit to record a 10-4 win over the Gryphons in Western Highlands Conference action.
The win, which was the first for Heritage this season, improved the Cougar’s record to 1-3 in league play.
The Cougars trailed Thomas Jefferson 3-0 in the 4th inning when Heritage got on the scoreboard with two runs. The hits continued to come in the 6th inning as Heritage scored four more runs to put the game away.
Daulton Rathburn was the winning pitcher, giving up only two hits, while Cougar batters pounded out eight hits on loosing Gryphon pitcher Caleb Bishop.
Tate Robinson led the way for the Cougars behind the plate with a double and two RBI's, while stealing two bases and also scoring a run. Lucas King went two for four at the plate and also stole a base while Gray McCurry contributed a triple an RBI also and scored a run, as did Dalton Buchanan who went 1-3 and knocked in a run. Shelby Silver got hits in both his times at bat at TJ, while recording an RBI.
Heritage (1-5, 1-3 WHC) opened up the week with a tough 5-3 loss to Owen on a windswept ball field in Swannanoa.
Heritage fell behind 2-0 before cutting the lead to 2-1 in the third inning off an RBI by Tate Robinson.
Owen scored two more runs in their half of the third and the Cougars were not able to catch the Warhorses in the 7 inning showdown.
Tate Robinson went 1 for 1 with a double and 2 RBI's while Dalton Buchanan hit in one of his three times at bat and as did Drew Hoilman. Lucas King went 1 for 2 behind the plate with a fielder's choice, while also reaching on an error against the Warhorse defense.
Owen’s Sam Drummond won a pitching duel with the Cougar’s Kaleb McCurry in spite of better numbers by the Heritage hurler. Drummond pitched a complete game, allowed four hits and struck out three Heritage batters while McCurry worked six innings gave up a single hit and struck out six Warhorse batter but the Cougars had five errors in the game.
Heritage batters could manage only two hits in a 10-0 loss at Christ School on Wednesday. Christ School, one of the top private school baseball programs in the WNC, pounded out nine hits in the win, four off Cougar losing pitcher Tate Robinson.
Dakota Wilson went 1 for 2 for two at the plate while Kaleb McCurry reached on a hit by pitch and a fielder’s choice while younger brother Gray McCurry went 1 for 2 in the batter’s box against a talented Christ School thrower.
This week the Cougars will host rival Mitchell in Burnsville on Tuesday then hit the road to Unicoi County Tennessee on Thursday and Asheville School to take on the Blues on Friday.
By David Grindstaff
By David Grindstaff