Buff nine up, down
A game-winning formula didn't continue for the Madras baseball team.
The Buffs used big innings to take control of an Intermountain Conference contest against Mountain View (on Tuesday, April 10). Then visiting Hermiston used the same tactic to sweep a Monday doubleheader from the White Buffalos.
That doubleheader was delayed from Saturday due to rain. Both teams started the twin bill with just one IMC loss.
The schedule gives Madras a challenge -- playing its next five league games on the road. The Buffs are off to The Dalles for a 1 p.m. Saturday doubleheader.
Next is a single game at Crook County, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24. Madras then plays two games at Pendleton on Saturday, April 28. Before that, the Buffs hosted Burns in a Tuesday, April 17, nonleague game (played after press time).
Hermiston 7-8, Madras 6-6: The Bulldogs had six runs by the third inning of the opener and four more by the second inning of the nightcap. Plus, Hermiston kept adding runs.
"We fell behind too far in both games," Madras coach Kevin Cave said. "We battled back late both times."
Such as a three-run sixth in the nightcap. Doubles by Jake Prow and Josh Farrester were part of that rally. The Buffs then put the tying runs on during the seventh.
With one out, Darrell Ceciliani reached base on an infield error and scored on Albert Adams' double to center. It was Adams' fourth hit and second RBI of the game. A walk followed a pop up to give the Buffs hope, but a ground out ended the game.
Prow opened Madras' scoring with a solo homer. Jansen Harrington also had two hits, part of his team's 10 hits.
In the opener, the Buffs also pounded out 10 hits. Harrington, Albert Adams and Austin Say had two hits each. Harrington also scored twice while Adams and Say hit doubles. Adams drove in three runs.
Madras 14, Mountain View 11: A three-hour game was worth it for the Buffs.
Madras tallied eight runs in the first two innings and kept scoring to give the host Cougars their first IMC loss. The Buffs pounded out 16 hits, led by Albert Adams with three.
The junior drove in five runs, two on a home run in the fifth. That came after Ceciliani hit a two-run triple.
Adams and Ceciliani also hit doubles. Ceciliani drove in four runs. Ceciliani and Jake Prow shared the pitching duties with Ceciliani earning the win and Prow pitching the final three innings for a save.