The Garrison Troopers and Central McLean Cougars kicked off the Regional VI tournament on Thursday night at Corbett Field, with the winner set to take on Velva on Monday. Both teams entered the night hoping to extend their season, but ultimately, it was Garrison that would move on with a 6-4 victory.
It was a balanced attack from the Troopers that left the Cougars playing from behind quickly. Back-to-back singles by Braxton Iglehart and Treyson Iglehart put the Troopers in a great position to add an early lead. After Ty Iglehart was hit by a pitch, the bases were loaded with no outs.
A fielder’s choice and consecutive walks gave the Troopers a 3-0 lead, their first of the night. They would extend that lead on another fielder’s choice, making it 4-0 after the first inning. The trio of Iglehart’s played a vital role for the Troopers not only at the plate, but in the field as well.
After allowing a 5-1 lead, the Cougars decided they were ready to claw their way back into the game. In the top of the fourth, they added two runs and were pushing for more with runners in scoring position and two outs.
A deep fly ball appeared to be hit hard enough to tie the game, but Treyson Iglehart had other plans in center field. With the lead on the line, Iglehart turned and leaped backwards for an acrobatic catch to secure the out and most notably, secure the Troopers’ lead.
Even with the Cougars building momentum, the Troopers managed to add a run to their lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. Nevertheless, the Cougars were determined to keep fighting back. In the top of the sixth inning, Wyatt Wagner sent a shot deep to center field for an inside-the-park home run, making it a two-run deficit at 6-4.
The solo home run would be all the Cougars were able to string together in the end, with the Troopers walking away with a 6-4 win. Ty Iglehart led the way for the Troopers at the plate, going 1-for-1 with a double, two walks, and an RBI. Bennett Kamp, Jamison Rime, Brody Seidler, Gaige Roberts, and Matt Jochim all contributed as well, driving in one run each.
Kamp got the start on the mound for the Troopers, tossing one inning where he struck out the side. Wyatt Wagner led the way for the Cougars, with a single, home run, and a stolen base. Kevin Rust added a single and a stolen base as well.
For the Cougars, their 2022 season comes to a close. For the Troopers, they will move on to play Velva on Monday, May 23 at Corbett Field. First pitch is scheduled for 1 pm