Cougar senior Austin Cousar could not have pitched any better and Munford took first-place Dyer County down the to the wire Monday night in a game that may end up deciding the regular season district title.
The Choctaws (15-6, 5-0 District 13-AAA) finally pushed a run across in the top of the eighth and a Munford rally fell short in the bottom of the inning as Dyer County pulled out a dramatic 1-0 win.
Cousar struck out 11, walked none and allowed just four hits in eight innings of work. But in the eighth with two outs, Dallas Parker reached on an error and a double by Langdon Gordon brought home the lone run of the game.
Kyle Kelley came up with a one-out single for Munford (12-12, 3-1) in the bottom of eighth and Steven Kendrick hit a double to center that put runners on second and third with one out. After intentionally walking cleanup hitter Garrett Baugh, Hayden Campbell, who entered the game in the eighth, got a ground ball and a strikeout to end the game.
Cam Barlow held Munford to four hits and struck out nine over seven innings to earn the win.
Baugh and Justin Harden each had a pair of hits for Munford.
The Cougars, which travel to Dyer County tonight, still have a chance to grab a share of the regular season title by beating Dyer County and winning at Hardin County in a make-up game April 29.