After waiting on the first ever cloudless, sunny, rain delay that was the first game of the day between AASD and the Howard School, your Fightin’ Cougars finally took to the field to defend its baseball crown against the msa mustangs. Harrison Rowell led the pack of hungry Cougars onto the field as he prepared to start as pitcher in his final game of his TCS career. The first inning began as it always does with Harrison struck out two pony hitters and was helped out by a sparkling play in left field as Parker Stanley calmly speared a hard hit line drive that was hit directly to him. So the top of the inning concluded with the ponies held scoreless and the purple clad defending AAC Baseball Champions coming to bat.
Senior center fielder John Humphries led things off with a walk and as is our usual modus operandi , run like they vote in Chicago, early and often, promptly stole both second and third and eventually scored on what had to have been the first of 75 pass balls by one of two catchers on the day for the team in green. After a hit by shortstop Brett Boyles, he also traversed the base paths in style and ease as he too stole both second and third and then scored on, you guessed it, another pass ball. So, after the end of the first full inning of play, TCS 2 and msa ZERO.
The second inning of play was no different than the first as Harrison struck out the first batter before allowing the second runner on board with a walk. After almost picking off the runner at first base, the runner did eventually find his way to second base. Not fazed by this Harrison then quickly turn and fired a BB to second baseman Sasha Torri who deftly applied the tag on the hapless runner from ponyville. Harrison then proceed to strikeout the next batter to send the game to the bottom of the second inning.
In the bottom of the second inning Coach Cox and I challenged the team to do better and to end the game right there and right now. To say that the team took the challenge to heart would be a gross understatement as 25 men came to the plate and scored 22 runs in an explosion suitable for any action movie. A combination of patience at the plate, as 14 batters walked, one was hit and seven more got hits with Harrison Rowell leading the way with two triples accounting for 5 runs. Also getting onto the hit train was John Humphries with a single and a double, Senior Catcher Chase Follis with a single, Second baseman Sasha Torri with a single and Right fielder Larry Orsini with a single. When the dust settled the AAC Defending Champions looked like they would retain their title.
The third and last inning saw Harrison toe the rubber for one last pitch and was then greeted by a roar from the crowd and Senior John Humphries came in to relieve Harrison and see his final action as a Cougar pitcher. As usual the final three outs of the season were strike outs and the Defending AAC Baseball Champions were no linger defending but were in fact the 2017 AAC Baseball Champions going not only undefeated in the conference but also undefeated for the year AND for the first time in TCS athletic history the first team to go undefeated for an entire season!!!! Final score Cougars 24 and the former bullies of the midway ZEROOOOOOOO.
We say goodbye to six seniors this year, three who have been in the program for four years and one who has been with us for five. Those seniors are Chase Follis, Steven Harper, Harrison Rowell, John Humphries, Kia Smith, and Parker Stanley. These seniors represent the winningest group of seniors in baseball history having amassed more victories and more championships than any baseball team before them. I would say that, that will be a legacy long remembered.
Also thanks to Hoeve family who have been providing us Sports Center quality videos of each game and professional quality still photos for each game this year.
Also to Terry Follis who has been our official scorer all year and made Coach Cox and my job so much easier.
And to the rest of the baseball family, a sincere thanks for all that you do each day to help the program.
So for the last time this year
See you at the Sports Banquet May 11 in the Cougar Center at 6:30
Your Proud and Humbles Coaches
Casey and Cecil