Cougars defeat Granger, fall to Holland
Over the spring break, the Rosebud-Lott Cougars baseball team played two games. The first game was on Tuesday against the Granger Lions. Rosebud-Lott defeated Granger in a thrilling 13-12 win thanks to a walk-off single.
The Cougars got things started in the first inning when Ben Ford hit into a fielder’s choice, scoring a run. Rosebud-Lott scored five runs in the second inning to go up 6-0 on Granger. The big bats for the Cougars in the inning were led by a single from Jeremey Ellison and an error on a ball put in play by Matthew Lopez.
Despite falling down by six runs in the second inning, Granger tried to fight back. The Lions scored 11 runs in the failed comeback attempt on a in the third inning. Those runs came off an error in the third, a single in the third, a single in the fourth, a single in the sixth, a single in the sixth, a double in the seventh, and two errors in the seventh. The game was tied at 12 with Rosebud-Lott batting in the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs when Jeremey Ellison singled on a line drive to center field, scoring the game winning run.
The Cougars collected seven hits. Jeremey Ellison and Rolando Leon all collected multiple hits. Leon and Ellison each managed two hits to lead the team. Rosebud-Lott also stole ten bases during the game as three players stole more than one (Breon Lewis, Nolan and Carson Kahlig). Matthew Lopez led things off on the mound for Rosebud-Lott. The pitcher surrendered nine runs on eight hits over five and a third innings, striking out six.
The next game was against the Holland Hornets on Wednesday. The Cougars were unable to get much going and fell to Holland 13-3. The game was a pitchers duel until the Hornets got on the scoreboard in the third inning, scoring three runs, all came off a fielding error and a bases loaded walk. Holland added on in the fourth inning with another two runs to grow their lead to 5-0.
Rosebud-Lott put up three runs in the fifth inning. Jeremey Ellison and Logan Kleypas powered the big inning with RBIs. It would not be enough as Holland scored two runs in the sixth inning and six runs in the seventh inning. Holland’s big seventh inning was driven by singles, a home run, a groundout, and an error on a ball put in play.
Rosebud-Lott tallied nine hits on the day. Breon Lewis and Nolan Kahlig all managed multiple hits. Lewis led the team with three hits in four at bats. Austin Losoya led things off on the pitcher’s mound for the Cougars. The right hander lasted five innings, allowing six hits and five runs while striking out four. Rawling Barton and Carson Kahlig entered the game from the bullpen, throwing one and two-thirds innings and one-third of an inning respectively. The Cougars was given a chance to avenge that loss on Tuesday as they faced the Hornets once again.