A busy week for the Cougar varsity baseball team culminated in a win, a loss, and a rainout. Mountain Heritage was scheduled to play Mitchell last Tuesday but the weather intervened and postponed the game until Monday, May 5th. It did dry up enough however to allow for games on Thursday and Friday.
Thursday was Senior Night for Heritage against 3A powerhouse North Buncombe. The Cougars recognized six young men who have played a big part in the Heritage baseball program, Dalton Buchanan, Dylan Burford, Caleb Garland, Drew Hoilman, Kaleb Mccurry, and Dalton "Rome" Robinson. Buchanan, Burford, and Garland all started in the outfield, Hoilman at first base, Robinson behind the plate, and McCurry on the mound in their last home game.
After a shaky first inning, McCurry struck out four of the last six batters he faced to add to his school record total strikeouts for his career.
A couple of juniors also contributed to Senior Night. Andrew Hall provided the offense going 1 for 1 with a run scored. He was driven in by senior Dylan Burford. Gray McCurry provided the defense with 3 assists and a double play. Junior Ethan Ray and sophomores Isaac Allen and Colton Garland, who reached base two times, also played in a 14-1 loss to the Blackhawks (20-3).
Friday was a much better night for Heritage as they spoiled Avery's Senior Night with a 17-3 win.
Following a very nice ceremony for the Vikings seniors, the Cougars took the wind right out of the Avery County sails. The game started with a fly-out to left field, then Heritage gon on the board first with a solo homerun by Dalton Buchanan, his first of the year.
Then, after Drew Hoilman singled, Gray McCurry smacked one to centerfield, his fourth homerun in the last four games. Colton Garland, then, singled, stole 2nd base, advanced to third on a wild pitch and was driven in by Kaleb McCurry to give the visiting Cougars a 4-0 lead.
Heritage was just getting started. Seven different players scored in the bottom of the 2nd inning, including Rome Robinson, Dalton Buchanan, Ethan Ray, Colton Garland, Kaleb McCurry, and Isaac Allen who hit his second homerun of the year, a three run homer that chased Avery starter Wade Smith from the game.
A Luke Crowe RBI gave Avery its first run in the bottom of the second, but in the top of the next inning, Gray McCurry drove in Dalton Buchanan to give Heritage a 12-1 lead. The Cougars were still not finished as Isaac Allen, Ethan Ray, Dylan Burford, Rome Robinson, and Dalton Buchanan all scored in the top of the fourth to give Drew Hoilman his second win on the mound this season over the Vikings.
Avery scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth, Kyle Hoffman and Ty Polsgrove, to end up the scoring at 17-3 Mountain Heritage.
The Cougars wind up their regular season this week with a Mitchell on Monday and a trip to Madison on Tuesday. The state playoffs will begin on Wednesday, May 14th. Heritage is currently tied for second in the Western Highlands Conference with Owen and Madison. All three teams have four conference losses. firstname.lastname@example.org