After a disappointing start to the baseball season, the sophomore team got an opportunity to wipe the slate clean, so to speak, with the kickoff of district play when they faced Ridge Point on March 12.
Lefty Ross Reichardt got the ball for the Cougs and started off the game with two quick outs. He then pitched himself into a bit of a jam with two consecutive walks, but came away unscathed after inducing the fifth batter to ground out to the shortstop.
Reichardt was back to the mound in the top of the second after a quick 1-2-3 inning by the Cougar hitters. A one-out error by the rightfielder, followed by a single to left put the Panthers on the board but Reichardt and the defense limited the damage to the single tally.
Ridge Point tacked on two more runs in the third on three straight singles, then used a leadoff walk and a couple of singles to up the lead to 5-0 in the fourth inning.
Kempner got on the board in the fourth inning by taking advantage of two errors by the Ridge Point shortstop to cut the lead to four runs.
Things got away from the Cougars in the fifth inning when Jacob Hodges, on in relief of Reichardt and making his first appearance for Kempner this spring, and Michael Davey – who came in for Hodges later in the inning – couldn’t slow the Panther attack as Ridge Point put the game away with nine runs.
The final score was 14-1, and the Cougars drop to 2-9 (0-1) on the season. Their next game is a matinee affair, as they will travel to face the Austin Bulldogs on March 15 at 11:00 a.m.