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Buff baseball takes IMC opener

For a couple of weeks, Madras is atop the Intermountain Conference baseball standings.
   The White Buffalos defeated Crook County 12-3 in the IMC's opener on Tuesday, March 20. The Cowboys then beat Summit (11-10 in 10 innings) later in the week to keep Madras alone in first through the spring break.
   The IMC season resumes next week with all eight teams playing. The Buffs travel to Bend on Tuesday and host Summit on Thursday, both 4:30 p.m. games.
   Madras 12, Crook County 3: The first hit didn't do as much damage as it seemed.
   The first Cowboy batter drilled a home run, the team's only hit. After that, Albert Adams and Jake Prow combined to allow just two more runs.
   The Buffs jumped ahead with a run-scoring single by Turner Gill in the second. Crook County added a run in the top of the third, but Madras displayed its power.
   Jansen Harrington, Bobby Thurby and Ethan Adams all hit triples to give Buffs a 3-2 lead.
   The Buffs put the game away with a six-run sixth. Harrington and Thurby again hit triples, the first driving in two runs. Prow followed with a run-scoring single.
   Madras pounded out 11 hits with two each by Harrington and Gill.
   Adams earned the win, pitching the opening four innings. Prow then struck out seven in his three innings.
   Marshfield 12, Madras 6: The umpires stopped the game in the top of the sixth as the Buffs' field was becoming a marsh field.
   Before that, the visiting Pirates (2-4) exploded for two runs in the first and seven in the fifth. Marshfield used two hits, two walks and an error in scoring the four runs.
   Madras answered with Albert Adams' two-run homer to right center after Darrell Ceciliani doubled.
   The Pirates had six hits in the seven-run fifth.
   Madras had its own big hit, Ceciliani's grand slam. That followed singles by Austin Say and Harrington, plus a walk to Prow.
   Marshfield had two runners on base in the top of the sixth when increasing rain stopped the game.