Cougars Win in Last At-Bats As FCC Tames the Lions

FCC 3B Brady Harju is batting .341 on the season and is leading the team with 48 RBI.
FCC 3B Brady Harju is batting .341 on the season and is leading the team with 48 RBI.

FREDERICK, Md. – The Frederick Community College baseball team welcomed the Lions from CCBC Dundalk on Thursday afternoon for a Region XX D2 match-up. The Cougars defeated the Lions by the count of 3-2. FCC starting pitcher Brian Rourke tossed a complete game and teammate Eric Dressler came up big in the clutch.

FCC wasted little time getting on the board early in the first frame. Jett Manning drew a walk and Alex Aristy was hit by a pitch. That brought hot hitting third baseman Brady Harju to the plate and he did not disappoint. Harju singles scoring both Manning and Aristy to make it 2-0 after the 1st inning. The Lions would tie up the contest in the top of the 3rd and that set the stage for the 7th inning. Thomas Gonzalez turned in a quality at-bat and drew a leadoff walk. Deandre Johnson would pinch run for 'Gonzo' setting the stage for station-to-station baseball. Nick Fuhrmann laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt moving Johnson up 90 feet. FCC catcher Eric Dressler stepped to the plate and delivered a shot to the right center gap plating Johnson for the game-winning run!

FCC starting pitcher Brian Rourke improves to 9-1 on the season and continues to dominate on the hill. Rourke twirled a complete game and struck out eight batters while giving up just three hits. He has tossed seven complete games this season striking out 80 batters in 60 innings.