Clark Cougar Sports

COUGARS COME BACK TO END WITH WIN

by on Apr.30, 2011, under Baseball

The Clark Cougars finished off their district championship season with a spectacular win over O’Connor 4-3.  A large Cougar fan base showed up to cheer the 27-5A champions on.  It was an unusually quiet night for Cougar bats with only 3 hits in the first 6 innings of play.  Cougars scored first in the bottom of the 2nd inning.  With 2 outs, Ryan Skowronski walked, Jason Cervantes singled to advance Skowronski to 2nd and he scored on Hunter McFall’s single.
O’Connor came back in the top of the 3rd inning and scored 2 runs, and scored another run in the top of the 5th, to make the score O’Connor 3, Clark 1.  In the bottom of the 5th inning, Clark scored again when McFall – who reached base on a walk – came in on a bases loaded walk by Matt Cohen, bringing the score to O’Connor 3, Clark 2.  Clark held O’Connor scoreless in the 6th and 7th innings.  In the bottom of the 7th inning, with 2 outs, Cohen stepped into the batters box and battled to work a full count for a walk.  Cohen advanced to 2nd on a passed ball while Chris Werland was at bat.  With a 2 ball, 2 strike count, Werland singled to the gap scoring Cohen from 2nd to tie the game.  Werland made it to 2nd on a missed cut-off.  Robert Martin stepped into the batter’s box and on the first pitch hit a shot down the first base line that scored Werland to win the game.  
In preparation for play-offs, Clark used 4 pitchers during the game.  Starting on the mound was Chris Werland who pitched the first 2 innings, giving up no runs.  Next on the mound was Trevor Settles, who pitched the 3rd and 4th innings, ending with 2 runs scored.  In the 5th inning, Ryan Skowronski took the mound and one run scored.  Matt Cohen came in to pitch the final 2 innings, giving up only 1 hit and 1 walk, and getting the final outs of the game.  It was a heart stopping, exciting baseball game from beginning to end as these two tough district rivals battled on the field.  But as Clark baseball has done throughout the season, they found a way to win the game.  Texas Sports Radio Network (TSRN) was at the game announcing it for those fans that couldn’t attend.  Chris Werland was named Player of the Game for his outstanding work on the mound and at the plate.  The Cougars end the regular season with a record of 15-1 in District.
Note: Thanks to Gayle McFall for providing reports on this special season of Clark baseball.

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