The rumor about TCS having a baseball team was proven correct yesterday and the Cougars took to the field against their foe, the Mustangs from Mill Springs Academy. Playing under crystal blue skies and on a dry field, the young cats were ready to defend their AAC Baseball Championship. (The Cougars are back to back winners of the coveted polycarbonate trophy presented to the AAC Tournament Champion each year).
In the top of the first inning Shane Hendrickson took the pearl to the hill as opening day pitcher. Shane quickly dispensed the first batter he faced with a four pitch “K”. The next batter then singled up the middle. On the first pitch to the next batter the runner at first took off for second, the throw down to second from catcher Brett Boyles was on target but bounced off the glove of shortstop Sasha Torri. An alert and ever present center fielder Larry Orsini, backing up the throw down to second, cleanly field the ball and fired a laser to third baseman Murphy Husnik who applied the tag completing the ever popular and exciting 2-6-8-5 put-out. Shane then stuck out the batter at the plate to complete the inning. At the end of the first half inning of play My Little Pony 0 and the Cougars coming up to bat.
The bottom of the first inning began as leadoff hitter Larry Orsini walked on four pitches and promptly stole second. Larry then advanced to third and eventually scored the first run of the season on another wild pitch. Third place hitter Shane Hendrickson then doubled down the left field line and then advanced on a wild pitch to third base. Clean up hitter Brett Boyles then coaxed another walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch which also scored Shane from third. The fifth place hitter Sasha Torri then grounded out to first scoring Brett from third which concluded the scoring for the inning. At the end of one complete inning of play, The Young Cats 3 and the visiting green team 0.
In the top of the second inning, Shane gave up a double to center field but left the runner stranded at second as he stuck out the next three batters to end the inning.
The bottom of the second inning saw the Cougars send every batter to the plate as the young guns flexed their muscle. Newcomer D J Donaldson walked to lead off the inning. D J then took second on a wild pitch. Another newcomer Alexandria Nebel also walked to put runners at first and second. Both runners advanced one base on a wild pitch putting runners at second and third. After a strike out, leadoff hitter Larry Orsini came to bat. Two wild pitches eventually scored both D J and Alex and put Larry on base with his second walk of the game. Larry quickly found himself on third base as a beneficiary of two wild pitches. Shane Hendrickson came to bat after another strike out. During his at bat a wild pitch scored Larry from third with his second score of the day. Shane then hit another ball into left center field for his second hit of the day. Shane then stole second and ended up on third with a wild pitch. Brett then came to bat and walked and Shane scored from third by way of a wild pitch. Brett then stole second and then third on a wild pitch. Brett eventually scored on a wild pitch later in the inning to conclude the scoring. At the end of two complete innings of play. TCS Cougars 8, Trigger 0.
The third inning started with Shane striking out the first batter he saw. The second batter hit a ground ball that got by the infield putting a runner at first. During the next at bat, the runner at first stole second and then advanced on a pass ball to third. Shane then struck out the next batter. The next batter again hit a slow ground ball past the infield scoring the first run of the day for the team in the third base dugout. The last out of the inning was a ground out to second base handled by Alex Nebel who threw to first for the out.
The bottom of the third inning saw the Cougars score one run on two walks and a smartly hit double by Larry Orsini scoring D J Donaldson who was on base by way of one of the walks. At the end of three innings, The Cats 1 and horses 1.
In the top of the fourth inning Shane dominated the visitors by striking out two and coaxing a ground ball to second handled again by Alex Nebel who calmly threw the runner out at first.
The bottom of the fourth inning the Cougars looked to put a quick end to the game by scoring enough to invoke the mercy rule. Leadoff hitter Brett Boyles took the first pitch he saw and send a rocket shot, which had it not been for the wind, should have been his first homerun of his career but instead ended up being a triple. The next hitter Sasha, not to out done, promptly hit a solid double scoring Brett from third and putting Sasha on second. Sasha then took third on a wild pitch. Murphy Husnik walked putting runners at first and third. With D J Donaldson up to the plate, we used our forced balk play called the “Sunday Walk”. The play worked to perfection as the pitcher was unsure of what to do, committed a balk which scored Sasha from third and placed Murphy at second. D J then was hit by a pitch putting him at first base. Alex Nebel came to the plate. Murphy then took third and D J took second on a wild pitch. Alex walked and newcomer Grayson Bills came up to bat. During his at bat Murphy scored the final run of the game on a wild pitch. Grayson put the ball in play and ended up at first. A strike out and a ground out ended the inning. At the end of four complete innings TCS 12, Mr. Ed 1.
The first batter that Shane saw in the top of the fifth inning hit a seeing eye single up the middle. The runner then stole second. The next play shortstop Sasha Torri crept behind the runner at second and Shane spun around and picked off the unassuming runner at second. Shane then struck out the next batter and threw out the next batter who hit a sharply hit ball right back at him to end the game.
Final score, Your Defending AAC Champions 12, the other team 1.
Coach Cox and I would like to welcome the following newcomers to the this year’s team.
D J Donaldson
The Cougars are now 1-0 in the region and 1-0 for the season.
Next up: Former GISA powerhouse Lagrange Academy, Tuesday at the RAP, 3:15. As a special treat, the first 10,000 in attendance will receive free admission, see you there.
Thanks as always to your support.
Your Proud and Humble Coaches
Casey and Cecil