|Wednesday, May 26, 2010|
|Cougars win with early homers, defense|
By Tony Gonzalez|
The News Virginian
STAUNTON — Stuarts Draft rode early back-to-back home runs and played almost flawless defense to beat R.E. Lee 5-4 Tuesday night and earn a spot in the Region III tournament and Southern Valley District finals.
The Cougars’ four-run second inning forced the Leeman to play catchup. They did twice, with quick runs in answer to Cougar scores.
But Draft senior Chris Henkel went the distance, and marked two of his six strikeouts in the final inning to strand the potential tying run just 90 feet from home.
The Cougars mobbed Henkel after he ended the game with a strikeout of Lee junior and pitcher Joseph Wood, who had singled and scored earlier.
Wood nearly matched Henkel on the mound. He allowed eight hits to Henkel’s nine. Wood walked two, struck out six and stranded four baserunners.
Henkel stranded seven, including three in the final two innings.
Draft coach Josh Podgorski said he almost removed Henkel in the sixth, when Lee leadoff man Terrell Mickens came up with two men on.
“The kids waived me off,” Podgorski said. “I went with their instincts. We got the pop up.”
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