2017-05-17 / Sports

Cougars shut out Gophers, crush Bulldogs

By Clay Maxfield
Contributing sportswriter


Carroll’s Gannon Guinn delivers a pitch in a recent nonconference game against Central Catholic. The Cougars came up short, 8-2. Taylor Lawson photo Carroll’s Gannon Guinn delivers a pitch in a recent nonconference game against Central Catholic. The Cougars came up short, 8-2. Taylor Lawson photo Four games for the week and the Cougars split with big wins early on while dropping the last two to Frankfort and Harrison. Clinton Prairie was one of two highlights during the week as Carroll baseball shut out the Gophers, 5-0.

A 1-0 lead gave the Cougars a cushion in the beginning stages of the contest but two more runs in both the fifth and seventh innings pushed the Gophers over the edge as Carroll cruised to the victory.

Tyler Holford led offensively with 1 hit and 1 RBI. Holford also pitched the Cougars’ shutout, striking out 6 batters.

The following evening brought lots of offense as Carroll totaled 19 hits, including an 11-run inning in the seventh to put the finishing touches on a 21-5 win over the Clinton Central Bulldogs. Falling behind 3-2 after the third inning, the Cougars picked themselves back up and scored runs in each remaining inning. A single run in the fourth followed by 2 and 5 in the fifth and sixth innings led them to their breakout performance in the seventh. Carroll coasted its way to its 13th win of the season.


Carroll’s Trey Filbrun attempts to tag out a Central Catholic runner last Wednesday. A five-run 2nd inning for the Knights was took much for the Cougars to overcome. Taylor Lawson photo Carroll’s Trey Filbrun attempts to tag out a Central Catholic runner last Wednesday. A five-run 2nd inning for the Knights was took much for the Cougars to overcome. Taylor Lawson photo Darren Dillon led the way with 4 hits and 3 RBI’s while Payton Denny pitched in with 3 hits and 2 RBI’s.

The remainder of the week had Carroll’s offensive prowess slowly disappearing as the Cougars dropped a contest to Frankfort 10-4 followed by a shutout defeat to Harrison two days later, 7-0.

The Cougars were at North White Tuesday to be followed by their last regular season game at Cass on Thursday. Both games are scheduled for 5 p.m.

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