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Errors hurt MHS softball in playoff chase

When a team's errors nearly equal its hits, that's not good.
   Madras proved that softball adage in a doubleheader loss at Pendleton on Saturday. The White Buffalos had 15 errors and 16 hits in falling by 8-2 and 6-5 scores in the Intermountain Conference doubleheader. Madras also lost at Crook County 12-2 as part of a six-game losing streak.
   "We've had an inning here or there when we've had errors," Madras coach Shawna McConnell said. "Until Saturday, we didn't have anything like that."
   The Buffs have three games left in the regular season, including a Tuesday, May 1, home game against Bend. Madras also travels to Summit on Tuesday, May 8, and finishes up the regular season at home against Mountain View on May 10.
   Pendleton 8-6, Madras 2-5: The subpar defense ruined a memorable hitting day for senior outfielder Shirelle Adams.
   She had six hits in the two games to raise her season average to .500. Adams hit a two-run double in the opener and added five hits in the second game.
   Madras forced extra innings in the nightcap with a two-run seventh. With one out, Jessica Glaspie hit a single to right center. Sarah Leutwiler then reached base on an error with a passed ball moving both runners up a base.
   Chrishana Johnson drove in Glaspie with a sacrifice fly. Destry Begay followed with a single to right to drive in the tying run. However, the inning ended when Begay was out at second trying to stretch her hit into a double.
   Crook County 12, Madras 2: The Cowgirls remembered the Buff rally in the IMC opener on March 20. Back then, Madras tied the game in the seventh and won in the eighth.
   Host Crook County put away the Tuesday, April 24, game with a seven-run inning.
   Holly Martin hit a double for the Buffs, one of her team's six hits.