The Cougars under Chris Cota started off the season 3-0 at home and winning four of the last five with a tie against golden west, but their season hit a bump in the road as they faced Orange Coast and lost early 9-1.
John Salas was on the mound for the Cougars coming into the game with 2-0 record but in the loss pitched only four and two-thirds innings while allowing four runs, only two earned. Cougar pitcher Justin Phelps gave up two runs in a little over an inning and Winston Lavendier gave up three runs without recording an out.
Jake Jelmini was the lone bright spot for the Cougars offense going 2-for-4.
“It’s just one ball game and in this game you got to put it behind us,” Cota said. “I think if we just stay focused and come ready to play next time I think we’ll be fine.”