No. 13-ranked Tiger baseball team opens season in Texas
Opening its season a week later than anticipated, the No. 13-ranked Cowley College baseball team won two of three games played in Paris, Texas.
On Saturday, Cowley opened with a doubleheader sweep of Paris Junior College by scores of 8-6 and 1-0. The Tigers then faced Grayson Junior College on Sunday and lost by a score of 16-8.
"It was good to get out and play some good competition," Cowley assistant coach Darren Burroughs said.
In the opener, Cowley pounded out 12 hits and got a good start on the mound from sophomore Levi Skinner (1-0), who allowed only two hits and one run in three innings pitched. Skinner struck out four and walked one.
Sophomore Ryan McBroom hit a two-run homer in a six-run fourth inning as Cowley built an 8-1 lead before hanging on to win 8-6. Gage Grant, A.J. Shaw, and Butch Rea each went 2-for-4 with a run batted in and a run scored, while Dillon White added a double among his pair of hits.
Sophomore Seth Holman notched the save of game one by tossing 1 1/3 innings of hitless relief.
In the second game vs. Paris, three Tiger pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout. Freshman Storm Rynard (1-0) earned the win as he allowed three hits and no walks in three innings pitched.
Freshman Parker Rigler followed with 2 1/3 innings of hitless relief and Tyler Day picked up the save by recording the final five outs.
Freshman catcher Chad Reibenspies drove in McBroom with the game's only run as he came through with a two-out double in the top of the fourth inning. McBroom went 3-for-3 with a double and a run scored as he had three of the Tigers' six hits in the game.
Cowley came back on Sunday and was tied with Grayson 5-5 after three innings of play, but the Vikings scored 11 runs over the next five innings as they handed the Tigers their first loss of the season.
"Grayson played really well and had a good approach at the plate," Burroughs said.
The Vikings out-hit Cowley 19-11.
Sophomore transfer Austin Sanders started on the mound for Cowley and allowed eight hits and five runs in three innings pitched. Freshman Cameron Paley (0-1) followed Sanders on the mound and allowed four runs, two of which were earned, in two innings pitched.
Freshman pitcher Bradley Green was a bright spot in defeat as he finished the game by retiring all four batters he faced.
Landon Wilson earned the win for the Vikings, allowing seven hits and five runs in five innings pitched. Austin Krajnak had four of Grayson's 19 hits in the win.
Sophomore catcher Gage Grant went 3-for-5 with two RBIs in the defeat, while Shaw went 3-for-5 with a RBI and a run scored out of the leadoff spot. Shaw also stole a pair of bases on the weekend.
The Tigers will remain on the road to face Seminole State College Wednesday at 2 p.m.
"Seminole will be another tough opponent," Burroughs said. "We hope we can continue to improve."
Score by inning:
Game one R H E
Cowley 0 2 0 6 0 0 0 - 8 12 1
Paris 0 1 0 0 0 5 0 - 6 8 4
Game two R H E
Cowley 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 6 1
Paris 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 4 0
Sunday R H E
Grayson 0 3 2 4 0 2 1 4 0 - 16 19 2
Cowley 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 - 8 11 2