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Cougars return after strong tourney showing

York Cougar catcher Bradley Victor slides into second base March 27 in the Wheels Invitational in Rock Hill.
York Cougar catcher Bradley Victor slides into second base March 27 in the Wheels Invitational in Rock Hill.

YORK -- The York Comprehensive High Cougars advanced to the semifinals of the Wheels Invitational Tournament in Rock Hill before bowing 12-6 to Chaminade Madonna (Fla.) Prep Saturday afternoon.

The Lions scored five runs in the first two innings but the Cougars closed the gap to a single run with a four-run third inning.

Shane Waldrop and Bradley Victor continued to swing hot bats for the Cougars.

Waldrop had two hits in three at-bats, including a home run and two RBIs. Victor also had two hits.

Stephen Trotter had a pair of hits, including a double and two RBIs.

Despite the loss, head coach Scott Kiggans said he was pleased with the Cougars' overall play in the Wheels tourney.

"Our kids continue to play hard," Kiggans said. "They never give up."

With crucial games looming in Region 3-AAAA, the first-place Cougars held ace hurler Zac Fuesser for this week's play.

Highlighting the Cougars' four-run third inning was Waldrop's two-run homer. Trotter drove home catcher Josh Vallejos with a single.

The Cougars reached the semifinals with a dramatic 1-0 win over Northwestern Friday night, with David Hyatt hurling four innings and Fuesser making a strong relief appearance.

Another tournament highlight for York was Thursday's 5-4 win over Westside.

Sophomore hurler Tyler Saboley went the distance in picking up the win as Trotter's single in the seventh inning drove home the winning run.

Saboley praised his teammates following the win.

"I knew our team was playing good defense behind me," he said. "I tried to throw strikes and keep the ball in play. I have confidence in my teammates and felt good on the mound."

Said Kiggans, "Tyler pitched well and we hit the ball in key situations and played good defense. It was a good win for us."

Earlier in the week, the Cougars defeated Nation Ford 5-4, with Fuesser notching his third win against no losses.

York sophomore Josh Greene, who was named to the all-tournament team, had two hits. Fuesser also had two hits, including a home run.

The Cougars begin a five-game home stand Friday against South Pointe. The action begins at 6:30 p.m.

"Our kids are excited about the second half of region play," Kiggans said. "We are happy to be in first place in the region but know we have a long way to go.

"Every team in the region is capable of winning."

Saboley agrees, stating, "We have to be ready for the second round of region play. We know there are good teams ready to challenge us."