Tigers swing past Rose State and Butler

The Cowley baseball team opened its season last week with games against Rose State, Hutchinson, and Butler.  The team finished their first week 2-1 with victories over Rose State and Butler and a loss to Hutchinson. Rose State was Cowley’s first opponent this season. 

The Tigers started off slow, failing to score a run until the fifth inning. It only took two innings for Rose State College to take a small one run lead. Rose State would add seven more runs heading into the top of the eighth inning. That is when the Tigers started to work a little last minute magic.

Cowley scored ten runs combined in the eighth and ninth innings to pull an 11-8 comeback win. Nine pitchers were rotated throughout the game, but it was Sophomore Chase Webb (1-0) that earned the win.

In the Tiger’s next game against Hutchinson, that last minute magic did not show up. The Blue Dragons struck first, scoring three runs in the top of the first. It was not until the third inning that the tigers responded with a single run. 

Leading 4-2 in the seventh, Hutchinson would add three runs to take a commanding 7-2 lead. The Tigers matched their opponents three run inning but that would be the last time Cowley would score. The Blue Dragons added a cushion run in the ninth inning and defeated the Tigers 8-5. Zach Cargill (0-1), sophomore, was assigned the loss.

It took no time for the Tigers to recover, as the team defeated Butler 14-9. The Grizzlies struck first, scoring one run in the first inning. Cowley took little time to respond as they batted in four runs in the second inning.

A successful third inning followed; with the team breaking out for seven runs to take an impressive 11-2 lead. Butler’s pitching stiffened keeping Cowley scoreless until the seventh inning whilst adding seven runs to close the gap to 11-9. 

The Tiger’s combined for three runs over the next two innings and closed out the game for a 14-9 win. Sophomore Drew Rainey (1-0) earned the win for the Tigers allowing only three hits. Rainey earned one in the three innings that he pitched. 

The Tigers will be back in action Sat., Feb. 27 against Eastern Oklahoma in Wilberton, Okla. The two teams will then play a doubleheader the next day.

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