Cougars lose in the first round

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It’s not often a team can score 21 runs over a two-game span and still lose but unfortunately for the Brazos Cougars’ varsity baseball team, that is how their season came to an end last weekend. The Cougars began the series hoping to carry over their offensive production from the month of April.

Last month the Cougars were able to score five or more runs five times, winning all but one of those instances. Their first-round opponents, the Hardin Hornets, had been riding a similar hot streak with a 3-1 record in the month of April.

The first game quickly turned into every hitter’s dream and every pitcher’s worst nightmare. The game turned into a shootout with both teams consistently finding contact from the plate. After a drawn-out game, the Cougars eventually lost by a score of 21-18. It was the highest-scoring game in the first round of the region at the Class 3A level.

The second game was far less dramatic but Brazos again couldn’t find its pitching and allowed six runs to the Hornets. Despite their ability in the last game and the month prior, their offense struggled to find its stride and the Cougars were only able to drive in three runs for the entire game. Brazos lost the second game 6-3 and ended their season with the first-round sweep.

The Cougars finished their season with an 8-3 record in district play which placed them third in the district. It was their best district record since 2011 when they finished with a 7-5 record and finished fourth in the district.

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