Cougars win wild one against MBA
By Marcus Stone, Sports Editor
Centennial battled conditions, along with Montgomery Bell Academy, in Monday afternoon’s 13-8 victory at Vanderbilt University’s Hawkins Field.
Gusts of wind and occasional snow flurries only contributed to a wild contest as the Cougars and Big Red traded swings of momentum throughout.
Centennial jumped on MBA early, leading 7-0 by the middle of the third inning before the Big Red could record their first hit – a double over the centerfielder’s head by Tucker Voges that scored Luke Cochran. Voges would score the following pitch on a David Harrison single.
MBA put together big innings in the fifth and sixth with back-to-back three run frames that put the Division II-AA school ahead for the first time, 8-7.
Centennial’s bats reignited in crunch time though. Needing a run to prolong the contest, the Cougars put together a six-run top of the seventh to seize control.
Cam Neely scored the pivotal eighth run on a one-out single before Chase Carder got the go-ahead run on a Cody Skrabak single through the middle of the infield. Tyler Bozeman followed with a triple to right-center field, scoring two runs before Deon Sanders capped the inning with an inside-the-park home run two batters later.
Christian Brown came on for the Centennial save in the bottom of the frame, striking out two MBA batters.
Cole Evans started for the Cougars, striking out four, while walking just one and scattering seven hits in five innings.
Centennial looked to run away with the game early, tallying six runs and eight hits in the first two innings.
Bozeman scored the first of the game following a double to left field by Sanders. Neely scored his first of the game in the second frame on a one-out single by Bailey Wisnioski – prompted a Centennial streak. The Cougars had a run of six-consecutive batters reach base – five via singles and one on a walk.
The Cougars stay in the midstate over Spring Break, playing in the Warrior Classic tournament March 28-30 before returning to district play against Brentwood April 1.
Posted on: 3/25/2013