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|Cougar baseball remains hot|
Only getting stronger as the players returning from the basketball team continue gain more and more experience, the Franklin Academy baseball team remains one of the hottest teams in the MPSA as they finished a 3-0 week which included a 3-1 over Glenbrook and a 18-9 pounding of Tensas.
On the season, the Cougars are now 8-1 on the season.
"We have had some players that were out," Cougars head coach Ryan Ellington said. "Jake Wright and Justin Johns didn't play early and were semi-ready to return. However, any good coach will tell you that you have to have a team that is extremely focused and with the basketball players coming in, the more innings we get in the better we are looking.
"Our problem the last couple of years is that we always peak too early. We have started seasons out 20-2 before and then watched the bottom drop out. Hopefully that will not happen this year. We are moving up and still have a ways to go, but we started later this year and that may be the difference."
Pounding out 14 hits against Tensas, K.D Armstrong and Darren Collie led the Cougars with three hits apiece and Caleb Harring and Nick Williams each had a pair of hits in the win.
One of those players that is starting to re adjust to the baseball diamond after a long basketball season, Harring picked up the win on the hill for the Cougar, allowing fiv runs on three hits and striking out seven.
Johns was the winnng pitcher for the Cougars in their come from behind win over Glenbrook, going four innings and allowing only four hits and striking out three as the Cougars scored two runs in the fifth inning to come away victorious.
"We are right in the hunt for a playoff berth," Ellington said. "That is right where we want to be. We are getting innings, getting games in and our pitching is coming around.
"We continue to hit the ball extremely well and as long as we can continue to do that, we are going to be okay this season and I like our chances of being successful."