The McLean County High School baseball team opened the 2021 1-2 season after the first week of games. The Cougars lost 8-0 on the road in Hancock County on March 29, before recovering with a 14-4 victory over Warren Central at home on April 1. McLean County then lost 5-1 against Harrison County at home last Saturday.
The Cougars struggled to put races on the board and struggled to contain the Hornets, giving up on eight races. Grant Lovell had a single on the seventh entry, but he was left at the base.
Lovell took the loss to McLean County. He allowed three strokes and five runs over four entrances, hitting one and walking two.
The Cougars took the lead in their debut at home last Thursday, against the Dragons. They scored five runs in total in an Ayden Rice walk, a Lovell groundout, a Kamden Level single and a Cruz Lee walk in the first inning.
Will Logsdon was clinging to the plate with the runners at the base, driving in four strokes to lead McLean County. Logsdon did a double race on Wednesday and a one-two on Friday. Logsdon also led the team on stolen bases with three and crossed the plate three times.
Ayden Rice led the cougars to victory on the mound. The right handed won four races in two strokes over three starts, eliminating seven and missing five. Harrison Sallee launched three raised entries outside the bullpen. Sallee recorded the last nine eliminations to be worth the defense for McLean County, allowing for two strokes, a walk and six strokes.
The Cougars registered 10 hits in the contest. Logsdon led the way with HB Whitaker and Level also managing several hits. The team stole seven bases during the game with Whitaker and Logsdon, each stealing more than one.
McLean County fell 5-1 to Harrison County on Saturday, despite defeating the Thorobreds by three to two. Kamden Level, Cruz Lee and Jax Lee each collected a hit to lead the Cougars.
Grant Lovell assumed the loss for McLean County. Lovell made all seven entries, allowing five runs in three strokes and eliminating six.
Coach Heath Hicks said it was great to be back on the field this week in the first place. “I thought we had played as a young and inexperienced team in the first two games, but we started to compose ourselves a little more in the third. But, we still have a long way to go. “
Coach Hicks felt that the pitch was very good throughout the week, with strong departures from Lovell, Sallee and Rice. “But we really need our bats to wake up soon to help these guys.”
The Cougars varsity team will participate in the Warren County Invitational on April 8th and 9th. They will play in Crittenden County at 4:30 pm. and Russellville at 7:15 pm. tonight. The team will face Green County at 1:45 pm. on Friday.