Cowboys rally to defeat White Buffalos


Crook County rallies to score four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to earn 4-3 win

Madras pitching stymied the Crook County Cowboys for six innings Tuesday afternoon in Prineville.

However, the Cowboys rallied to score four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to take a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the White LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Heath Pickhardt tags a Madras runner out at home during the first inning of the Cowboys baseball game with the White Buffalos Tuesday night. Crook County scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to take a 4-3 victory in the contest.

“Nice job keeping your heads in it,” Crook County assistant coach Cody Norris told the team following the contest. “If you keep fighting and give me the effort things will happen. That was awesome.”

Madras opened the scoring with a run in the first inning. Crook County pitcher Devin Wilson hit the leadoff batter with a pitch. Wilson, who was wild early in the contest, hit a second batter moments later.

A Madras double scored a run in the inning. The damage could have been worse, but a perfect throw to the plate led to the final out of the inning.

Madras scored two more runs in the second inning before Wilson finally settled down. For the remainder of the contest, Wilson was masterful — striking out four and giving up just two walks, while limiting the White Buffalos to just six hits.

“Wilson pitched phenomenal,” Norris said. “That’s why I’m excited about the next few years, these kids know how to pull games out.”

Meanwhile, the Madras starting pitcher completely shut down Crook County for most of the contest. The Cowboys had just four hits going into the seventh inning to go with eight LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Crook County High School pitcher Devin Wilson fields a bunt and throws the runner out at first. Wilson pitched a complete game for the Cowboys giving up six hits, while striking out four.

Logan Freeman started the Cowboys' late rally with an infield single down the third base line. After a routine pop up, the Cowboys were down to their last two outs of the game. Then Kennan Mozingo hit a bloop single just over the third baseman’s head into shallow left field. The ball was so shallow that Freeman was nearly thrown out at second. Jared McGuire kept things rolling with another single. Then Alec Mozingo blasted a three-run standup triple to tie the game. One batter later, Kohlter Kee ripped a single to right center and the Cowboys had an improbable win.

Crook County finished with nine hits in the contest, five in the decisive seventh inning.

Both teams played solid defense throughout the game. The Cowboys had just one error, a wild pitch in the second inning, while the White Buffalos committed just two errors, both in the sixth inning.

Crook County was back in action on Wednesday when they traveled to Sisters to take on this year’s high school 4A state runner-up Outlaws.

The team is on the road again on Tuesday when they play the Mountain View Cougars, with the game scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.

Crook?County 4, Madras 3

Madras 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 — 3 6 2

Crook County 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 — 4 9 1