|By Don Brown, Grayson County News-Gazette, Leitchfield, Ky.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The Panthers had beaten host
Things seemed to be set up perfectly for the Cougars to capture their first regional title since 1993. The Panthers were unable to use either of their top two pitchers in this game, while the Cougars had the full services of junior left-hander
The Panthers chose to go with sophomore left-hander
Skaggs had pitched in the Monday opener against
The Cougars scored first with an unearned run in the first inning. With one out,
It appeared the Cougars would take the lead after getting Van Meter to third with two outs in the sixth inning.
Down 3-1 in the bottom of the ninth, Anthony reached base on a Panther error, but was promptly erased when Stevenson hit into a double play. Freshman
But with the tying runs on the base paths, Hayden got Yaden to ground into a force out and the Panthers were headed to the state tournament.
In ceremonies following the game, Cougar pitching coach
The Cougars closed out their season with a 3rd Region-best record of 25-11.
The Eagles were probably the surprise of the tournament after scoring six times in the top of the seventh inning to oust Apollo 9-6 in the opening round on Monday.