IMC baseball race is tight for everyone
That's how the Madras baseball team handled a disappointing loss at The Dalles in Saturday's opening game of an Intermountain Conference doubleheader.
The White Buffalos led most of the way, but lost 8-6 when the host Eagle Indians put together a five-run sixth.
"We were pretty down after losing that first game," Madras coach Kevin Cave said. "That's a game we should have won. So, we talked about forgetting about that game and putting it behind us."
The Buffs did, winning the second game 8-3. The split gives Madras a 4-4 IMC record (8-9) overall with six league games left.
Going into those games, the Buffs are among six teams with three or four losses. Only the top four advance to the 5A state playoffs.
"We're in a race," Cave said. "We have to take care of ourselves -- try to win as many games as we can."
That trek started at Crook County on Tuesday, April 24 (played after press time). The Buffs also travel to Pendleton for a Saturday doubleheader and host Madras on Tuesday, May 1.
The Dalles 8-3, Madras 6-8: In the opener, the Buffs led 6-3 entering the sixth inning. Then walks and a hit batter set up The Dalles for a five-run inning.
"We let too many guys on base; that's what hurt us," Cave said.
Darrell Ceciliani and Jansen Harrington combined to allow just five hits. They did allow 11 walks and a hit batter.
Ceciliani, Albert Adams and Austin Say had two hits each. Say also drove in two runs.
In the night cap, Adams allowed just two runs in five innings of pitching. Jake Prow threw the last two innings, allowing just one run.
"Albert threw strikes and let the defense do its job," Cave said. "That was the difference."
At bat, Adams helped himself out with a double among his two hits, driving in a run. The junior has seven hits in the Buffs' last three games.
"He's seeing the ball really well," the Madras coach said. "He's also really balanced at the plate."
Ceciliani is nearly as hot with two more hits. The junior drilled a two-run triple in the third inning, scoring Prow and Ethan Adams. That hit put the Buffs up 4-1.
Madras added two runs each in the sixth and seventh innings.
Madras 11, Burns 1: The hitting of Albert Adams helped the Buffs win the Tuesday, April 17, nonleague game.
Adams had two homers and drove in five runs, starting with a solo homer in the first. Adams also scored three runs.
In his next at bat, Adams drilled a three-run shot in the third. It was part of a four-run inning to help the Buffs take control.
Prow also had a big day, driving in three runs with three hits and scoring a pair of runs. Say and Ethan Adams added two hits each.
On the mound, Ethan Adams and Say combined to allow just four hits in the six innings.