The now 5-0 Service Cougars played against the 2-3 Eagle River Wolves Wednesday, June 14, 2017, pulling out their fifth legion win in a row.
Pitcher, Ronan K., threw a 78 pitch, 6 inning game, enabling his defense to shut the Wolves down. The Cougars allowed four runs and came out with ten, finalizing their score early in the fifth inning.
Eagle River could not keep up, initiating nine errors and nine base-on balls. They pushed through the first few at-bats, finding nothing but glove as they stood in the box, each hit of the sixth inning being a pop-fly.
Eagle River’s highlighted batters, Josh A., went 2-2 against Ronan K., and Abel D. 2-3. Wolves’ first baseman, Christian F., came to the plate, putting two in scoring position. With one out on the board, this hit was short-lived as Cougar shortstop, Cobey C., rolled a double play to teammates Nathaniel C. and Dalton C., resulting in three outs, and the end of the inning.
The Service Cougars will advance to play the 3-2 East High Thunderbirds Friday, June 16, 2017. Their strong start is setting them up nicely for the Legion State Tournament, set to start in late July. If they should keep their winning streak, they will enter playoffs with the most points in the state, putting them at the top of the State bracket.
The Legion State Tournament is a single elimination tournament played against the top eight teams in the state, all figured through Legion scoring. A win gives a team four points, a tie gives a team two points, and a loss gives a team one point.
With the Service Cougars set at 20 points, the future is looking bright for coaches Tom Cupp, Willie Paul, and Tim Rufelt.