Grant Shepherd recorded three RBI and scored two runs to lead No. 1 Ouachita Christian past No. 4 Cedar Creek 9-1 on Tuesday night at Micah Harper Field in Monroe.
Shepherd hit a RBI single in the first inning and later scored on a Josh Pennebaker RBI double in the bottom of the fifth. Shepherd added a two-run double of his own in the sixth inning and later scored to give OCS the final margin, 9-1.
“Grant has given us big hits all year,” OCS coach John Parker said. “Hopefully that is something that carries on for us.”
Cedar Creek got on the board for their lone run in the top of the sixth inning with pitcher Huff McIntosh hitting a sacrifice fly.
McIntosh showed poise on the mound for the Cougars, giving up four runs through four innings. The young pitcher twice pitched out of bases loaded situations to deny OCS more runs.
“We love playing Cedar Creek,” Parker said. “they are a well coached team, and you always know they are coming to compete. This win is good for our momentum going into the playoffs next week.”
Likewise for the Cougars, the team battled the top ranked team in their own classification prior to the playoffs. OCS and Cedar Creek are former district opponents.
“It is terrific,” Cedar Creek coach Ben Haddox said of playing OCS prior to the playoffs. “Hopefully we will run into them again (in the playoffs).”
Haddox came away from the game seeing where his team can improve.
“I think OCS did a good job of taking advantage of some things,” (OCS starting pitcher Jonathan) Snuggs did a real good job of controlling the tempo of the game.”
OCS visits Neville on Thursday at 6 p.m. and finishes their week at home Saturday at 1 p.m. versus Benton.
Cedar Creek will host Simsboro Thursday at 6 p.m. and on Friday travel to Grambling at 4 p.m.
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