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Cougars escape with run in 7th

May 07, 2003|by CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. - For three straight innings, the Jefferson baseball team failed to plate the go-ahead run from third base.

So when Greencastle reliever Nick Schreiber uncorked a wild pitch with one out in the seventh, Brian Peterson considered it his written invitation, scampering home for a 7-6 Cougars win on Tuesday night.

"In a one-run game, it's little things that beat you," Blue Devils coach Chris Sellers said. "It's a shame a (wild pitch) costs you the game.

"But Nick's been our guy all year. I think this is his first loss."

Reliever and winner Seth Osbourn (3-3) was hit by a pitch to open the seventh for No. 3 Jefferson. Peterson, inserted as a courtesy runner, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt before David Pugh walked. Pinch hitter Adam Kessel fanned for the second out.

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After David Smith drew a walk to load the bases, Schreiber's first pitch to Jawaan Holmes bounced in front of catcher Jared Barkdoll and scooted to the backstop, allowing Peterson to score.

"We were fortunate," Cougars coach John Lowery said. "No question."

Trailing 6-2 after three innings, the No. 6 Blue Devils plated four runs in the fourth, when Zack Spidel singled and moved to second on an errant pick-off attempt by Cougars starter Josh Simons.

Dayne Davis followed with a double, and after Chris Scott walked, Schreiber laced a triple for two RBI before Eric Ile's double tied the score.

Greencastle (13-6) opened the scoring with two runs in the first on a Brett Sellers sacrifice fly and a Spidel single.

Steve Kozak was responsible for four of the first six runs for the Cougars (23-7) with an RBI single in the first and a three-run homer in the second.

"Both teams had opportunities to score, and both teams had pitchers come through," said Lowery. "This is the kind of game you like to play at this time of the year."

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