[Gary E Duncan Sr for Shaw Media]
But the Cougars waited him out Saturday.
"We haven't seen that out of Adam all year; it's a big game, you never know how the nerves are going to react," Engelhardt said. "First two innings he was cruising. I thought he did a good job of composing himself. He kept us in that ballgame after having a breakdown that a lot of guys would fold under."
Tony Mosher, whose walk started the second inning, squeezed in the Cougars' fourth run in the third, and Plainfield South executed another squeeze to score two runs in the sixth.
"We got to [Dowler] early the first time we played them, and then we let him catch a groove," said McGuigan, who was hit by a pitch in the second and singled in a run in the sixth. "We knew that we were going to have to make him throw a lot of pitches, get deep in counts and get runs anyway we can because he has a great arm and is a special talent."