Split for MHS softball against IMC opponents

It was plenty or nothing for the Madras softball offense in Intermountain Conference action last week.
   The White Buffalos rolled up 21 runs in a win at Bend on Tuesday, April 3. Madras was then shut out by Summit in a first-place battle Thursday.
   Madras (2-1, 8-5 overall) faced Mountain View (1-0) in a Tuesday, April 10, contest (played after press time). The Buffs also host Hermiston in a 2 p.m. Saturday doubleheader.
   Those games will be played without catcher Danny Palmer, out for five more weeks due to a chipped bone in her right wrist. Palmer suffered the injury on April 7 in the Sisters tourney.
   Summit 3, Madras 0: The Buffs managed just three hits with two by Kara Katchia including a double. Shirelle Adams also had a single.
   Storm pitcher McKensie Booth equaled that hit total along with driving in a run. Booth also struck out four.
   "We hit the ball, but right at people," Madras coach Shawna McConnell said. "It's one of those games we didn't get the hits we needed. That happens against a good team."
   Madras pitcher Marisa Hulsey allowed seven hits with one strike out.
   "Marisa pitched a heck of a game," McConnell said. "When two solid teams play, it's often a 1-0 game."
   Madras 21, Bend 5: A 12-run second inning put the game away.
   The Buffs pounded out 17 hits, led by Adams blasting three doubles among her four hits. The senior also drove in three runs.
   Sarah Leutwiler added two doubles in three hits, driving in two runs. Whitley Ruiz, Alysha Urbach and Destry Begay added two hits each while Hulsey drove in a pair of runs.
   Leutwiler and Rachel Aimone shared the pitching duties. Aimone made her varsity debut, throwing the final two innings.