Cougars fall in state tournament opener

May 23, 2017


MURFREESBORO: Moments after the Munford baseball team lost to Brentwood Tuesday afternoon in the first round of the Class AAA baseball tournament, the cheesy song by Journey called "Don't stop believing" played.


It's doubtful Munford senior Garrett Baugh is a big fan of that song, but it he found some use for it.


"If you just heard that song 'Don't stop believing,' that's what I told them. It's not over yet," Baugh said.


The Cougars are far from dead yet, but they did lose Tuesday, despite outhitting Brentwood.


Brentwood scored one in the first and three in the third. Munford had some scoring chances but could not take advantage.


"We had opportunities with runners in scoring position, we just couldn't get it done," said Munford coach Scotty Yount.


Brentwood scored one in the first and three in the third off Munford starter Austin Cousar.


"Cousar did what he's done all year," Yount said. "You get that guy behind the plate who doesn't like the ball at the knees and makes you get the ball up. That's what happened and they hit some balls hard."


Brennan Hollie had a double for the Cougars and Corey Simmons, Garrett Baugh, Drew Drexler, Riley Bampfield and Justin Harden each singled.


Losing the first game of the state tournament is tough, but Yount feels like his team is prepared.


"It just makes our road a little bit harder now," Yount said. "I like 'em when their backs are against the wall. It just makes our road a little bit harder. We'll come out tomorrow with fire in our eyes, I'll promise you that. I like these guys with their backs are against the wall."


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

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