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Cougar Baseball: Penfield allows one hit across three innings of work

Senior Ryan Penfield got the start on Friday evening for the Cougars giving up one hit across three innings of work. Photo by Cindy Crosby

Cougar Baseball battled back, after being down by five runs, to fall, 5-4, against Berkeley on Friday evening, in game one of the Berkeley Invitational.

Senior Ryan Penfield got the start for the Cougars and went three innings, before reaching his early season pitch count limit. Penfield, allowing only one hit, had four strikeouts, four walks, and one hit batter before giving way to Caleb Nichols. Also a senior, Nichols took the loss for the Cougars, going one and a third innings, giving up two runs on four hits, with one walk and one hit batter. Closing for the Cougars, Tim Hickman went two and two-third innings on the hill. He gave up three runs, four hits, two walks, one hit batter, while collecting four strike outs.

According to assistant coach, Vince Connor, the Cougars had one bright spot at the plate, after striking out 10 times as a team. Caleb Nichols, who was 2-4 on the night, also reached base on an error. The other Cougar hits came from Michael Thigpen, with a double in the first inning, and Robert Avant who had an infield single in the fifth inning.

Although the Cougars lost the game, Coach Knight was pleased with the resiliency of the team fighting back from being down five runs. “We haven’t ironed out all the kinks at the plate yet, but it is going to happen,” commented Knight. “I really thought we would’ve thrown better but when you are limited in the number of batters faced, it does make things difficult to be sharp. We gave up two runs in the fourth and three in the sixth. Then we scored three ourselves in the bottom of the sixth and added one in the bottom of the seventh. We did have a chance with two outs, when the pitcher dropped a Dalton Colson pop up, that scored Robert Avant. Avant led off the inning with a base on error. After a lengthy time at bat, Caleb Nichols struck out, stranding Dalton at first.”

Colleton County will face Goose Creek, Monday evening in game two of the tournament. The Cougars still have an opportunity to reach the championship game, depending upon their record. “All we can do is win, and see what happens,” said Knight.

 

Cindy Crosby (379 Posts)