Cougarettes finish as runners-up at Anahuac Tournament

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The Brazos baseball and softball teams were in action last week and although the Cougars ended up on the wrong end of a 10-0 decision on the baseball diamond, the Cougarettes collected a runner-up plaque from the Anahuac Softball Tournament over the weekend.

Brazos traveled to El Campo for a non-district baseball matchup last Tuesday, March 3. Nick Oliver and Julio Reyes registered the Cougars’ hits and Jared Demny and Kody Ressler collected a walk each. Oliver provided three innings of work on the mound, registering 10 first-pitch strikes and three strikeouts for a 1.67 WHIP.

Kaden Kneip threw an inning in the loss to the Ricebirds as well and registered four first-pitch strikes and added a strikeout. The Cougars are back in action later this week as they will play host to the Stafford Spartans for a Friday non-district doubleheader.

On the softball diamond, Brazos traveled to the other side of Houston for the Anahuac Tournament where things opened on the losing end of a 2-1 decision against Hamshire-Fannett. Although Allie Gonzalez provided 5.1 innings pitched, 17 first-pitch strikes and eight strikeouts for a 0.56 WHIP, a two-run top of the third was all the damage needed to down the Cougarettes.

It wasn’t long before Brazos had another crack at it and the Cougarette bats seemingly could not miss, breaking open the second tournament game in the very first inning by jumping out to a 13-0 lead over Port Arthur Memorial. Gonzalez and Savannah Ozuna both collected two hits and three RBIs en route to an 18-0 win. Hannah Browning and Jessica Buford each drew two walks and Haley Martinez added an RBI.

In the pitcher’s circle, Caitlyn Snedaker shut things down in her two innings of work, registering five first-pitch strikes which led to four punchouts and a .50 WHIP to close play on Thursday.

Brazos battled out a 2-1 win over Hempstead where Meagan Demny provided an RBI and Gonzalez struck out four in four innings pitched.

The Cougarettes supplied another large first inning in their second game on Friday, helping defeat Hull-Daisetta 12-1. Martinez supplied two hits and three RBI and Laura Durrett collected two hits and two RBI. Taylor Brzozowski got it done on both sides, supplying two RBI at the plate and four innings pitched in the circle where she registered 10-first pitch strikes for nine strikeouts and a 1.00 WHIP.

That set Brazos up in the semifinals against Rice Consolidated on Saturday where the Cougarettes clinched a spot in the championship with a 6-3 win where Gonzalez supplied four innings pitched and 13 first-pitch strikes. Snedaker collected two hits, two RBI and a walk to help Brazos score five runs in the second inning.

The Cougarettes met with the same Hamshire-Fannett team that handed them their first loss of the season with all the marbles on the line and the Panthers once again prevailed, this time by an 8-0 margin.

Although Snedaker racked up seven strikeouts in four innings pitched for Brazos, Hamshire-Fannett scored every inning, starting with a three-run first, two-run second and one-run innings the rest of the way to claim the top spot in the tournament bracket.

Despite the spring break release from school, the Cougarettes were back on the diamond earlier this week, hosting Moulton for a district showdown Tuesday evening before Fayetteville makes the trip to Wallis for a Friday-night district matchup at Brazos High School.

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