By Thomas Sellers Jr.
The Munford Cougars picked a good time to find a groove.
After opening up the District 13-3A schedule April 6 at Brighton with a defeat, the Cougars went on a winning streak starting with a 4-0 victory the next night in the rematch with the Cardinals.
“We’ve been playing a lot better,” Munford Head Coach Jake Garbuzinski said. “We’re trying to take it game by game, day by day. Good or bad, the season is counting down. I think we’ve got 8 games left until the district tournament. We just want to be playing our best ball by the time district tournament rolls around.”
Between district games, the Cougars took on challengers like 13-3 Crockett County. Munford delivered the Cavaliers their fourth loss of the season beating Crockett County 7-6.
Then Garbu’s Gang took down Fayette Academy 14-2. Returning back to district play April 13, Munford traveled to Hardin County.
The Cougars picked up a 9-3 victory with senior infielder Kyle Hindman crushing a home run. Garbuzinski said Hindman has been hitting the ball well and his leadership at the plate seems to be rubbing off on hiss teammates.
“It’s been a total team effort,” he noted. “We’ve gotten a lot better as team at the plate over the past two weeks. We’re growing and they’re getting used to each other and getting used to me. We’re growing together as a ball club.”
Earlier in the season Munford had some growing pains during the March adjustment period. Throughout April the Cougars have been playing better. But the Tigers snapped the Munford winning streak April 14 at Cougar Field winning 6-5. The Tigers used two runs in the sixth inning to outlast Cougar pitching standout Wesley Bass.
The senior hurler will be heading to Southwest Tennessee after graduation to continue his pitching career. Bass and fellow ace Joe Fulcher have the Cougars near the top of District 13-3A.
“Wesley Bass is going to be a big part of any success we have,” Garbuzinski said. “He’s a senior district starter for us. Jacob Sawyer has been coming in behind him, got a big save in the win against Brighton.”
Garbuzinski said the defeat to Hardin County is a small wake-up call his team needed to refocus on the goals ahead.
“I want to see us continue to hit the baseball,” he concluded. “That has been a big improvement. I want us to continue to make plays. And if we continue to fill up the strike zone, we’ll be a tough team to beat.”