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Cougars back up Bell with timely hitting

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By Noah Houck

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Clarksville Academy scored five runs in the bottom of the fourth to top Battle Ground Academy 6-1 at Wes Smith Field on a crisp Friday night.

“That inning was huge for us,” Clarksville Academy coach Jake Peterson said. “A five-run inning is huge and that was really the difference in the game.”

The defining inning started off with Sam Walker slapping a hit down the left-field line to bring in two Cougars. Walker finished with three hits.

“I was trying to get the runners in,” Walker said “That was a big play. If I had not got that hit maybe I would not have done that. I’m just glad I did.”

BGA looked to settle the Cougars’ offense with a pitching change, but the Cougars stayed on the ball, forcing mental errors by BGA.

“I think as an offense we have to be aggressive on the bases,” Peterson said. “We have speed on our team, and we have to take advantage of that.”

Clarksville Academy supplemented its hitting with flashes of aggressive base running that put runners in scoring position. The Cougars next three runs came off three wild pitches. The Cougars were able to take control with a five-run safety net.

“That helped a lot,” Cougars starting pitcher Weston Bell said. “It let me know that I did not have to do it myself and I had the cushion behind me.

“I was just trying to throw strikes and let the defense work behind me,” Bell added. “I was trying to not let (the weather) bother me. I was just trying to through strikes.”

Bell put together a complete game, allowing one run on four hits while striking out two on 80 pitches.

“What an awesome performance by him. Any time your pitcher can throw a complete game early in the season is good,” Peterson said. “He really controlled the game all the way.”

The Cougars finished with six runs on six hits. Walker, Bryce Robinson and Nolan O’Shoney each had a double.

Noah Houck is an intern with Questions or comments can be directed to