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Lava Bears defeat Cowboys in extra innings

Base running mistakes prove costly for Crook County in one-run loss


The Crook County Cowboys spotted the Bend Lava Bears a pair of early runs, then battled back to take the lead.

However, in the end, costly base running errors proved to be too much to overcome as the Lava Bears won 6-5 in extra innings.

“We made some base running errors,” said Head Coach Frank Martinez. “We made mistakes, but we learned from them.”

Bend jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. The Lava Bears added a third run in the second inning before the Cowboys rallied.by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Josh Norris tags a Bend runner out at home during the Cowboys' loss to the Lava Bears. The Cowboys close out their season on Thursday with a double- header against Sisters.

Crook County scored two runs each in the second and third innings to take a 4-3 lead. The Cowboys first run came on a daring double steal by the Cowboys, with Kohlter Kee stealing home on the play. Kyle Smith scored later in the inning.

Then, in the third, Rowdie Dalton singled to drive in Jared McGuire. Dalton scored later in the inning on a Kee double. The Cowboys could have broken the game wide open in the inning, but they had a runner thrown out at third base and a second runner thrown out while trying to steal home.

Bend tied the game 4-4 with a run in the top of the fourth inning.

Crook County regained the lead in the fifth when a McGuire single scored Keenan Mozingo.

Bend tied the game for the third time in the top of the sixth inning. The Cowboys had a chance to win the game in the seventh inning, but McGuire was picked off third base to end the inning.

The Lava Bears used a single and a pair of bunts to manufacture a run in the top of the eighth inning. Dalton reached second for the Cowboys in the bottom half of the inning, but a ground out to the pitcher ended the game with the Lava Bears leading 6-5.

“Our pitching was better tonight,” said assistant coach Cody Norris.

“And our defense was pretty good,” added Martinez. “Some of those base running errors were my fault. If it works you look like a hero, if you don’t you look like a zero, but that’s true no matter what you do.”

The Cowboys play at Ridgeview today in a 5:30 p.m. start. Crook County closes out its season on Thursday when they host the Sisters Outlaws in a doubleheader, scheduled to start at 3 p.m.

Bend 6, Crook County 5

Bend 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 — 6

CCHS 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 — 5




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