The Crosby Cougars faced defeat for the first time in the 2015; a 2-0 shutout on Thursday night at the hands of the Tomball Cougars. The win gave Tomball a one game to none lead in the best of three regional semi-final series at John Cooper School in The Woodlands.
The game featured two of the best young pitchers in the region between Crosby starter Nathan Ganryszwski and Tomball’s Shane Daughety. Gabryszwski had allowed just two earned runs entering the game while Daughety had allowed three earned runs through the playoffs.
Crosby loaded the bases in the second on hits by Sean Bergeron and Davis Jenks before Jonathan Riffle was hit by a Daughety pitch. Riffle was the first of three hitbatsmen by the Tomball right-hander. The Cougars would fail to score in their only real threat of the game.
“We had our chances,” said head coach Chris Wiggins following the loss. “We just could not get the hit when we needed it tonight and they did. That was the dfifference in the game. Tough loss but we’ll be ready to go tomorrow.”
Gabryszwski worked out of second and third one out jam in the visitor’s half of the third before Tomball reached him for two in the fourth. Josh Breaux opened the inning with a single and came around to score on an rbi single from designated hitter Nick Ludwig. Jacob Allan running for Daughety who walked ahead of Ludwig’s single scored on a Gabryszwski wild pitch and Crosby trailed 2-0.
Tomball threatened again in the fifth but on a wild pitch and then a strike from Bergeron to relief pitcher Davis Jenks covering at the plate, Crosby nailed Joe Breaux for the final out. Neither side would threaten again.
Daughety threw a complete game three hitter with six strikeouts and a walk.
The series continues with game two on Friday night at John Cooper School in The Woodlands. First pitch is set for 7:00p.m. CDT, weather permitting.
Written by: Lou Roesch