Cullen Horowicz

March 23, 2019; Cullen “Bear” Horowicz high fives head coach John Lowery as he rounds third base after his big homerun.

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The Cougars baseball team went 2-for-2 at the Mingo Bay Classic, downing Lakewood and Carolina Forest and falling to Socastee and Rock Hill.

The Cougars began their break with a night game against Socastee, allowing five runs in the first inning – a lead they would be unable to come back from. Jefferson would put up just three runs to Socastee’s seven, with Chase Anderson accounting for the only two RBI of the night. 

Taylor Tennant took the loss for the Cougars, pitching for just one inning giving up a single earned run. He struck out two and gave up three walks before being relieved by Cullen Horowicz. 

Dylan Kuehne picked up the win for Socastee, pitching for 5.2 innings, giving up just one earned run and four walks while striking out six. 

Game 2 (Jefferson vs Lakewood HS) 

Jefferson rebounded in their second game, albeit allowing five runs in the top of the first. The Cougars would ultimately ten-run Lakewood in six innings. 

Horowicz (2-2), Stevie Lee (1-3), Tennant (2-3) and Hayden Stang (1-2) each picked up two RBI to account for eight of the team’s 15 runs. Horowicz’ two-run walk-off homer would close the game. It was his sixth of the season.  

James Walsh picked up the win for the Cougars. He had nine strikeouts and gave up just one walk. He allowed no earned runs on three hits through 5.1 innings. 

Game 3 (Jefferson vs. Rock Hill, S.C.)

Jefferson’s third game of the week would be a long one, but Rock Hill would end up coming out on top after securing two runs in the top of the seventh and holding Jefferson scoreless through all but one inning.  

Horowicz would be the only Cougar to bring in runners, picking up another two-run homer – this time over the right field fence on a two out count. They would be the only runs of the game for Jefferson.  

Jordan Trunnell picked up the loss for Jefferson with a five hit, one earned run, two walk, seven strikeout day. He pitched five innings until Dylan McCartney relieved him. 

Willie Lumpkin found the win on the mound for Rock Hill, pitching the entire game. He had eight strikeouts and gave up two earned runs. 

Game 4 (Jefferson at Carolina Forest) 

The Cougars ended the week on a good note – defeating Carolina Forest 13-5 behind Coleson Titus’ four RBI show.  

Titus began the scoring drive with a three-run  homer out of left field, followed by Horowicz with a single-run homer in the same spot on a 2-2 count. Carolina Forest wouldn’t be able to come back from the big inning, putting up just two in the bottom of the inning, 

Jefferson would tack on three more in the second, capped by Mason Lantz’ home run out of left field,  before delivering the dagger with two in the top of the seventh. 

Tennant picked up the win for the Cougars, pitching for six innings striking out 10, walking three and giving up just one earned run. Tennant matched the season-high mark set by James Walsh against Greenbrier East on April 6. 

Kyle Wendland was taken out with just one-tenth of an inning under his belt, but still took the loss for Carolina Forest. He gave up seven earned runs and three walks. 

Post spring break (Jefferson at Woodgrove, Va.)  

After splitting their week in South Carolina, Jefferson (17-5) returned to the greater D.C. area to put up a quick five inning game against Woodgrove. 

The Cougars started out strong with seven runs in the top of the first, thanks in part to four doubles by Horowicz, Cory Daly, Lantz and McCartney. Horowicz’ double accounted for one of his three RBI on the night.  

After holding Woodgrove scoreless through the next three innings, Jefferson tacked on two in the top of the fifth and closed the bottom with two strikeouts and a ground out in four batters. 

Walsh took the win for Jefferson, pitching the entire game giving up no walks and striking out seven. It’s his fourth of the year. 

Harrison Long picked up the loss for Woodgrove, pitching just a tenth of an inning giving up seven earned runs and one walk. 

Sports Editor

A West Virginia native and 2017 graduate of WVU, Andrew writes about local high school sports from his new home in Charles Town. He also covers Shepherd and his alma mater, while still finding time to rant about the Washington Redskins.

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