Adam Montgomery took firm control of things on the mound while his Cougar mates struck for eight runs in the second inning, to propel Izard County Consolidated to a 12-0 blanking of the Viola Longhorns in 2AA-North diamond action March 7 in Brockwell.
Montgomery fanned eight Horns while walking two and allowing just one hit in the Cougars' run-ruled victory.
Tyler Richardson did rack up a double for Viola in the top of the first, but that turned out to be the Horns' lone hit for the day.
ICC got to Viola's starting hurler, Austin Springfield, with a second-inning explosion, after the two sides failed to dent the scoreboard in the first inning. Springfield gave up four hits, two walks and four runs, while striking out one Cougar in one and a third inning of work.
After a pair of base-on-balls and sacrifice bunt from Steven Walker (RBI) in the bottom of the second, Ethan Porter struck the first big blow of the afternoon for ICC with a double to left that plated Brett Haney and Anthony Shipman.
Zac DeSanto (single, RBI) then followed with a ribbie-producing single to center, and next Kyle McCandlis (single, two RBIs) brought DeSanto home with a single, giving the Cougars a 4-0 lead, chasing Springfield from the mound.
Chance Roper relieved Springfield, but ICC still managed to tack on four more runs in the frame. Roper gave up three hits and one walk and recorded one strikeout during his time on the hill for Viola.
Montgomery (three singles, RBI) greeted Roper with a base hit that scored McCandlis, and then Haney (two singles, three ribbies) placed a hit to the outfield that drove in two more runs. Walker capped ICC's big inning with an RBI that gave the home team an 8-0 lead after two innings of action.
McCandlis drove in the Cougars' lone run of the third on a fielder's choice that sent Porter home to boost ICC's lead to 9-0.
The Longhorns did rack up a pair of baserunners in the top of the fourth, as first Lucas Talbert reached on a Cougar error, followed by Jesse Shrable getting on board via an ICC miscue. The two squads had three errors apiece on the afternoon.
Viola couldn't do anything with this pair of runners, leaving ICC on top by nine runs going into the bottom of the fourth.
Three more Cougar runs in the home half of the fourth iced ICC's 12-run victory.