Seven run third inning is difference in game

The Crook County Cowboys gave up seven runs in the third inning and were unable to battle back as they fell 10-3 to the Prosser Mustangs in summer baseball action.

“We had one inning that we struggled defensively,” said Crook County assistant coach Joe Williams. “But as a whole, our younger kids played pretty well.”by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Chase McCall drives a single to center during the Cowboys game with the Prosser Mustangs on Wednesday. McCall went three for four in the contest with a double.

Prosser, a Washington school from north of Hermiston, played Madras on Tuesday, falling 18-17 in a slugfest.

On Wednesday, the Cowboys were able to silence the Mustang bats for much of the contest. However, sloppy defense led to seven Prosser runs in the third inning.

The Cowboys scored runs in the third, fourth, and fifth innings, but were unable to string enough hits together to close the gap.

Prosser, who scored a run in the first inning off of a costly Cowboy error, added a run in the fourth and an insurance run in the seventh as they held on for the win.

Wyatt Wentz pitched a complete game for the Mustangs, striking out six and giving up 10 hits to the Cowboys.

Chase McCall started for the Cowboys, pitching five innings of baseball. McCall gave up just six hits, however, four walks, two hit batters, and four Cowboy errors led to nine Mustang runs.

Jared McGuire came it to relieve McCall in the sixth inning and gave up two more hits in his two innings of work.

Despite outhitting the Mustangs in the contest, the Cowboys struggled to generate offense.

McCall was three for four from the plate with a triple, while Trevor Slawter went two for four. Kyle Smith added a double for the Cowboys, while Keenon Mozingo and Kohlter Kee each had singles in the contest.

The rest of the Cowboy lineup struggled at the plate.

“If we can just get our bats a little hotter,” Williams said.

The Cowboys played at Redmond on Thursday. The team returns home on Tuesday, June 17, when they take on the Bend Lava Bears in a 5:30 p.m. contest.

“Obviously we have a lot of work that needs to be done,” Williams said. “But we are young and this is a building program. You know we’ll get there. It’s not going to be tomorrow or next week, but the next season or two, we are going to open some eyes.”

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