The official record books for 2023 will indicate Country Christian baseball’s 5-3 win over Sherman on May 22 as the program’s first postseason game in eight years, but for all practical purposes, the Cougars have been in playoff mode for the past three weeks.

On the back of 14 strikeouts and just three hits allowed from freshman pitcher Tyson Smith, the Cougars won their fifth consecutive game Monday afternoon to keep their season alive and advance to the second round of the 2A/1A playoffs.