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Cougars Impress in 6-3 Season Opening Win

Scoops McCougar
The DS Cougars finally got their season underway with an impressive 6-3 victory against Timberlane. "Until you play that first game it's difficult to assess what kind of team you are and could become," quipped Coach Blaisdell. "Today, I was extremely impressed not only with our physical play but with the way we played this game mentally. We hung together, learned from a couple mistakes, and believed that we were in it the whole way." Behind solid pitching and defense, both teams had to scratch to get runs. The Cougars sent three pitchers to the mound through the first six innings who pounded the strike zone, striking out a combined four batters while only allowing three walks. Added Coach Brandt, "You got to tip your cap to the boys on the bump today. They set the tone for the game the way they attacked batters and trusted their teammates to make plays behind them." Mitch Regan got the pitching started going two-plus innings and allowing only two runs, including a tidy 1-2-3 second inning. Alex Comire then took the ball for one-and-a-third to keep Timberlane at two runs. Zach Martin would then strike out three while giving up only a single run in the fifth and sixth inning to keep the game in reach when the Cougars came up in the final inning. "We were hitting the ball hard but right at players," commented Coach Blaisdell, "and, to their credit, Timberlane was playing flawless defense." Hunter Crawford led off the last inning with a hit-by-pitch, and, with one out, Zach Martin singled to set up first and second. After a fly out to the catcher, Brendan Mulcahy came up and laced a double over the left fielder's head which scored the Cougars' first run of the season. The shot clearly rattled Timberlane, and before the third out was recorded, a combination of walks, errors and hit-by-pitches led to runs scored by Crawford, Martin, Mulcahy, Alex Drake, Jake Matarese and Tucker Rozen. With a 6-3 lead, closer Brendan "Big Papi" Mulcahy took the pill and sat the meat of the Timberlane hitters down with a 1-2-3 dominant inning. Added Coach Blaisdell, "A win's great, but it's more encouraging to see that this team showed some real grit today." The Cougars next scheduled game is this Thursday at Nashua Catholic.
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