Two out hits again plagued Thomas County Central in its 4-1 loss to Cook on Wednesday.
A Hornets hitter smashed a two-out, two strike bomb over the wall to give Cook a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.
“That thing had to have curved around the foul pole,” Central coach Chad Parkerson said of the ball on the homerun.
“Two out hits win ballgames, and we’ve given up more than our fair share this season. Heck, we got the next guy out, and that’s been the case more often than not. We’ve just got to close.”
The Jackets jumped to a 1-0 lead in the first inning with a fielder’s choice by Eli Taylor that brought home Doug Smith, who had reached on a double. But that would be the only time Central crossed the plate.
Cook responded with the third inning homerun, then padded another pair in the fifth with two basehits, a bunt, a sacrifice fly and a squeeze in that order.
Central’s Stone Stephenson pitched the first four innings then paved way for Peyton Singletary, who tossed the final three.
No. 1 Cook ace Sam Goberdhan earned the win from the mound with a complete game performance that consisted of 10 strikeouts and just five hits allowed.
“He’s a good pitcher and did a good job tonight, but we should’ve had better at-bats,” Parkerson said. “You’re not going to win a lot of games with that many strikeouts.”
Central, just after snapping a month-long losing streak, has now dropped nine of its last ten, and has yet to win a region this season.
Parkerson, however, is focused solely on winning any game at this point, let alone one with region implications.
“We’re past that point,” the tenth year coach said. “We need somebody to step up and do something that gets everybody excited, and let it be contagious. I think any one of them are fully capable of doing that.”
Central (5-10, 0-7) hosts Hardaway in a doubleheader on Friday at 5 p.m., and is then on spring break until a Wednesday road contest at Cairo – a team it defeated, 5-3, in the opening week of the season.