“The good thing about tonight is we saw what we need to work on,” said AHS coach Chris Brown. “Hopefully we will get some good weather over the next few days, hit the practice field, and go to work.”
East Paulding jumped out to a two run lead in the bottom of the second inning. Carruth led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Hughes doubled to center, scoring the first run of the game. Thompson then singled to right, scoring Hughes.
Alexander tied the game in the top of the third inning. Brian Dansereau reached base on an error by the right fielder and advanced to second on the play. Brandon Bone walked and both runners moved up a base on a passed ball. Andrew Smith doubled to center, scoring both runners.
The Raiders took the lead once again in the bottom of the fifth inning, pushing their final two runs across the plate. Thompson singled to center and Patrick followed with an infield hit, putting two runners on. Both advanced a base on a passed ball. Morrell grounded out to second but a run scored on the play. Howell added the insurance run in the following at-bat, with an infield single.
Alexander went 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth and managed to put only one runner on base in the seventh as East Paulding closed out the two run victory.
The Cougars were outhit 7-3 in the game. Smith picked up two of the hits, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Jordon Lee picked up the only other hit. Both had a double.
Morgan Folks took the loss on the mound. He allowed four earned in 4-2/3 innings of work. He struck out four and walked two.
“Folks pitched his tail off tonight and I am really proud of him,” said Brown.
Stephen Kloser threw the final 1-1/3 innings. He allowed one hit and struck out two.
Waddell earned the win pitching in relief. He allowed one hit and struck out one over the final three innings.