VAN WERT — The Van Wert Cougars welcomed the Coldwater Cavaliers to Russell Fisher Field at Smiley Park for non-conference boys baseball on Monday night. The Cougars picked up a 4-3 victory over Coldwater on senior night.

The Cougars honored five seniors on Monday as Jonathan Lee, Darius Eddins, James Acquaviva, Holden Willingham and Tristen Wehner all played their final game for Van Wert.

“As these seasons come to end it’s kind of bittersweet. You have to let some guys go and you have some guys coming back. It’s what they have given the program, not only on the field but off the field. We were able get all but one of the seniors to play the whole game,” said Van Wert baseball coach Charlie Witten. “Holden, on the mound, has some soreness so we took him out after three innings. It’s fun to see guys perform and get a win in their last game.”

Coldwater started the first inning with a double from Austin Riethman before a single from Sam Broering put runners on the corners. Nate Grunden drove in a run with an RBI groundout to give Coldwater a 1-0 lead.

Van Wert got three innings of one run baseball from Willingham on the mound. Lawson Blackmore came into pitch the fourth inning for Van Wert.

The Cougars had a big bottom of the fourth as five straight Van Wert batters reached base. Van Wert got RBI base hits from Parker Conrad and TJ Reynolds. Wehner hit a deep sacrifice fly to center field as the Cougars took a 4-1 lead after the fourth frame.

In the top of the seventh, with Blackmore still on the mound for Van Wert, Coldwater had two of their first three batters reach base as Jake Harting and Riethman walked.

Broering hit a ground ball to first baseman Wehner to plate one run. Jake Wenning singled back up the middle to cut the Van Wert lead to just 4-3. Blackmore induced a fly ball to right fielder Eddins for the final out of the contest.

The Cougars finish the season with a 16-6 record and 6-3 in the Western Buckeye League.