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Cougars scratch out win over Vikings

MABTON - Interesting might be the right word to describe how yesterday's non-league twin bill against visiting White Swan played out for the Mabton High School baseball team.

Because of a late start due to transportation issues on White Swan's part, the teams played two, five-inning games.

A disastrous fifth inning in the opener cost Mabton. The Vikes went on to lose 9-6. Pitching highlighted the nightcap, which the Cougars won 4-1.

"They were good games," said Mabton Coach Kerry Snodgrass. "You hate to lose, but they were good games."

In the opening game, the Cougars plated lone runs in the first and third innings. White Swan had a two-run fourth before exploding for five runs in the fifth. In the fifth inning, Mabton pitcher James Magana gave up three of his five walks for the game, coupled with two Mabton errors. White Swan also had one of its four hits for the game in the fifth inning.

Magana had a nice line, despite the walks. Magana had six strikeouts on the afternoon.

"He threw well enough to win," said Snodgrass.

Snodgrass said the problem was that Mabton just didn't give the Viking hurler enough run support.

Mabton started off slow, finally scoring a run in the third inning. The Vikings then plated a pair in the fourth and three in the fifth. With the bases loaded, Mabton's Andrew Tellez drew a walk to score Marco Zepeda. Eli Perez then hit into a fielder's choice to plate Tommy Bonewell. Mabton's final run game off a groundout from Ramon Monciviaz to score Magana.

Snodgrass said one of the best things about the first game was that his team didn't give up.

Both pitchers in the nightcap combined to give up just three hits.

Zepeda tossed the second game for Mabton, striking out six and allowing just two hits and no walks.

"Our six errors cost us," said Snodgrass.

Only two of the four runs White Swan scored were earned.

The Cougars plated lone runs in every inning but the fourth.

Mabton's lone run came in the first inning when Zepeda, who had walked to lead off the game, scored off a passed ball.

White Swan's pitcher gave up three consecutive walks to start the game and that would be it for the Cougar hurler.

Mabton's lone hit came in the fifth inning from Perez.

"We had way too many guys watching pitches go by," said Snodgrass.

Mabton (0-6, 4-11) resumes league play this Friday at Davis High School against Riverside Christian.

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