Two-out hits push Cougars through winners' bracket
By Marcus Stone, Sports Editor
photo by Reed Galin / firstname.lastname@example.org
Centennial advanced again in the District 11-AAA winners’ bracket with a 7-3 victory at Franklin May 7.
Key for the No. 3 seed Cougars was clutch hitting as they scored six of their runs with two outs.
“We just hit the ball with two outs,” coach Rob Baughman said after the game. “That’s what we needed to do.”
Trailing the No. 2 seed Rebels 2-1 entering the fourth inning, Centennial put five consecutive batters on base after getting two quick outs and in the process took a 5-2 advantage.
Bailey Wisniowski singled to center field, bringing in Jake Lyle for the tying run. Kyle Brennan followed with a single through the middle of the infield that scored Chase Carder for the go-ahead run before Carder and Wisniowski were both driven in by a shot to right-center by Cody Skrabak.
Centennial’s back half of the lineup was locked in at the plate, contributing seven of the team’s 12 hits on the afternoon.
“The bottom of the order has been great all year,” Baughman said. “Bailey is batting .360 – he was an All-District player this year. Chase has really come on in the end and played very well. Six, seven, eight, and nine have been there all year for us.”
Centennial had a patient approach at the plate throughout, forcing Franklin starter Bradley Turner to throw 105 pitches before being relieved by Cullen Edwards with two outs in the fifth.
“The kid’s a great pitcher first of all,” Baughman said of Turner. “He keeps you off balance. What we did the first game was jump on a lot of the first pitches and were hitting his pitch. Today, we hit our pitch and that was the big difference.”
Franklin jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning as a Graham Warren line drive to left field scored Danny Raley and Austin McPeek. Rebel bats cooled quickly though as they recorded just two more hits throughout the game.
Cougar pitcher Cole Evans got the win, striking out three without issuing a walk in a complete-game showing.
“He had command on all his pitches and threw a bunch of strikes,” Baughman said. “He threw all his pitches for strikes and kept (Franklin) off balance. I’m really pleased with the way our kids played today.”
Centennial extended their advantage to 7-2 in the fifth when Lyle scored on a Carder single and Evans on a Wisniowski double – each with two outs.
Franklin added a run in the bottom of the seventh as Nick Hutchins scored via an error at second base.
Posted on: 5/8/2013