Madras baseball opens 3-0
Six pitchers share early busy workload
An opening week produced three wins and plenty of encouraging signs for Madras baseball.
The White Buffalos defeated Hood River, La Pine and then Sisters in a four-day span to open the season. Madras will be just as busy in a pitching-challenging schedule the rest of the nonleague season.
The Buffs have home doubleheaders against Klamath Union on Saturday and then Marshfield on Monday, March 24. Both are noon starts.
"We're trying out a rotation of four or five starters with set up guys and closers," Buff coach Stann Dmytryk said. "We have a bunch of position players who can also throw. We want to work it out so they're successful."
The familiar pitching combination of Jake Prow and Albert Adams helped the Buffs edge Hood River 7-6 in the season opener on Tuesday, March 11. The two keyed Madras' run to the second round of the 5A state playoffs last season.
Adams pitched the final four innings to gain the win after giving himself the final lead.
Darrell Ceciliani hit a one-out triple in the sixth and scored on Adams' sacrifice fly. Ceciliani had two triples and a solo homer.
The Buffs took an early lead on Turner Gill's two-run double to left center. Prow also drilled a double.
Martin Brown and Josh Roth combined on a five-hit shutout in a 6-0 victory against La Pine on Wednesday. Brown struck out five and walked two in his four innings to earn the win. Roth then whiffed six in his three innings.
"Josh did an impressive job," Dmytryk said. "He's bigger and stronger than he was a couple of years ago. Josh came in after Martin did the job the first four innings."
A double by Albert Adams and triple by Ceciliani led the offense. Gill added three hits.
The Buffs closed out the busy first week with a 12-2 victory against Sisters. A seven-run fourth with five hits broke the game open.
Prow's three-run double was the big blow. Madras loaded the bases with a walk, outfield error and Ethan Adams' bunt single to set up the big inning. Albert Adams' single and a run-scoring walk to Ceciliani set up Prow's big hit.
Brown and Zach Quinn later drove in runs in the big inning.
The Buffs pounded out 12 hits with two each by Albert Adams, Ethan Adams, Ceciliani and Prow. Keenan Stovall also hit a double.
Ceciliani threw four no-hit innings to earn the win. He wiggled out of a bases-loaded jam in the first with an infield fly and strike out.
"Getting out of that jam in the first was a good job by Darrell," Dmytryk said.
The coach also praised the defense of second baseman Spencer Ellsbury in handling several hard shots from Sisters.