Munford baseball beats Dyer County for title, will host sectional Friday

May 18, 2017

 

Munford will return home Friday for the program's biggest game in more than a decade.

 

The Cougars pulled off a dramatic comeback Wednesday night in Newbern to beat Dyer County 6-5 in eight innings in the Region 7-3A title game to earn the right to host a sectional game against Collierville. 

 

Munford has played eight straight games on the road over the past two weeks, including four trips to Savannah and one to Arlington. The Cougars will have a chance to make the state tournament for the first time since 2004 on their home field. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

 

Trailing 5-1 through four innings Wednesday night, it looked as though Munford would have to hit the road again to earn a state tournament berth. But Munford (20-16) scored in each of the final four innings to get its 20th win of the season. 

 

Down 5-4 in the top of the seventh, Munford loaded the bases with no outs on consecutive singles from Brennan Hollie, Austin Cousar and Drew Drexler. Pinch runner Brandon Baker scored the game-tying run on a wild pitch, but Hayden Campbell pitched out of the jam with no further damage.

 

In the top of eighth, Hollie was hit by a pitch with two outs and scored the game-winner when Austin Cousar doubled for his fourth hit of the game.

 

Corey Simmons relieved Austin Perry in the eighth and closed out the game. Perry struck out five and allowed two hits over three innings of relief to get the win.

 

Garrett Baugh was 3 for 5 for Munford with a double and two RBIs and Hollie singled twice and doubled. Steven Kendrick had an RBI double as Munford banged out 14 hits.

 

Jeff Ireland is The Leader's sports editor. To contact him, call 901-476-7116 or email jireland@covingtonleader.com.

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