In the bottom of the fifth inning, as soon as Cosby managed to get a man on base, Western Branch’s infield turned a double play.
That was about how the game went for the Titans.
After solid pitching through most of the postseason, Cosby’s bullpen had no answer for Western Branch’s offense in an 8-2 loss Friday, working five pitchers and giving up 11 hits in the 6A South Region semifinal.
After digging themselves into a 3-0 hole in the top of the first, the Titans responded in the third inning as outfielder Trey Vossler was hit by a pitch, advanced to second base on a balk by Western Branch pitcher Colin Selby and scored on a double by Luke Paczewski.
Leading 4-1, Western Branch didn’t relax on offense, scoring runs in three of the remaining four innings. Although Cosby center fielder Matthew Pita drove in pitcher Zach Mort with a double in the bottom of the seventh inning, it was too little too late as the game ended on the next out.
Mort, who pitched 2⅔ innings, said a lack of offense kept the team in a difficult position.
“We definitely didn’t hit when we needed to,” Mort said. “We didn’t hit with guys in scoring position. I mean they were a good hitting team, don’t get me wrong, but definitely if we could’ve swung the bats a little better, we could’ve had a different result.”
Despite ending its season earlier than it would’ve liked, Cosby showed significant turnaround from its 2-3 start, ending the regular season with a 15-5 record.
Coach Tim Lowery didn’t want the season’s accomplishments to be nullified by one bad game, but added the team’s three errors didn’t do it any favors.
“It’s kind of unfortunate. Unless you’re holding up a trophy at the end of the year, it’s kind of a downer,” Lowery said. “The clean baseball that we didn’t play, that kind of put us behind the 8-ball from the get-go.”
Western Branch 301 120 1 — 8 11 2
Cosby 001 000 1 — 2 5 3
Selby 7. Hunt 1.1, Mort 2.2, Kaufmann 1, Long 1.1, Squyars 0.2 W: Selby L: Hunt
Records: Western Branch n/r; Cosby 19-6