BAINBRIDGE -- North Putnam's strong start to the baseball season hit a speed bump as the Cougars fell to Speedway 9-6 Monday night.
"I take my hat off to Speedway, they placed real well," Cougar head coach Norm Fish said. "They're a much improved team."
The Cougars held the Sparkplugs to one run until the third when North Putnam allowed four unearned runs in the third. It would be a hole the Cougars couldn't overcome.
The Cougars pulled within one after a three run fifth but Speedway responded with three runs in the top of the six the seal the victory.
Fish expressed concern about the focus of the team, mentioning a few errors that be believed to be caused my mental mistakes.
J.T. Francies and Shaun Diebold went 2-for-3 while Tyler Watson, Kyle Rooker and Kyle Alcorn all recorded hits.
North Putnam was without the services of senior Jordan Berry who was out sick making room for Watson to get the start behind the plate.
Fish acknowledged that the Cougars were basically outplayed in all phases of the game but believes that his Cougars can turn it around tonight.
"We didn't look too sharp tonight," Fish said. "I told them after the game that we have to find a way to get more focused. We just wait too long. We can't just show up and beat people this year."
North Putnam used three pitchers on the night. Griffen Dahlstrom, Watson and David Church were on the mound for the Cougars.
The Cougars (4-1) will travel to Speedway today for a 5 p.m. start.
At North Putnam
Speedway 015 003 -- 9
North Putnam 000 132 -- 6
Next game -- The Cougars (4-1) will travel to Speedway today for a 5 p.m. start.