Defense struggles as Cowboys drop games

Crook County falls to Madras and Redmond at start of busy week

by: LON AUSTIN?CENTERAL OREGONIAN - Blake Quant blasts a double in the fifth inning of Crook County’s loss to Madras on Tuesday. Quant’s hit drove in Trevor Slawter and was part of a five-run inning for the Cowboys

The Crook County Cowboys are struggling defensively right now.
   The team committed 15 errors as they dropped games to Madras (12-8) and Redmond (20-5) earlier this week.
   Errors proved especially costly in the Madras game. Crook County blasted 12 hits in the game, scoring eight runs, but it wasn’t enough as they committed 10 errors in the contest.
   “Our errors are key right now,” said coach Frank Martinez. “Our fielding is hurting us and we are going to have to work on it.”
   Madras took advantage of early miscues to take a 7-1 lead. The Cowboys battled back. Blake Quant and Jeffrey Turbitt each blasted doubles in the fifth inning as the team exploded for five runs in the inning to make the score 7-6.
   Madras added a run in the sixth inning, then took advantage of Crook County miscues to score six more runs in the seventh inning.
   Turbitt, Stetson Hall, and Zach Cole all singled in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Cowboys rallied to score a pair of runs. However, the rally came up short as Madras held on for the win.
   The game with Redmond was a different story. The Panthers scored four runs in the first inning, then added seven more in the second as they put the game out of reach.
   “Redmond is tough,” Martinez said. “They hit the ball good and we saw that the first couple of innings when they really hit the ball hard.”
   Redmond added three more runs in the third inning, two more in the fourth, and finished with four runs in the fifth inning as the game was shortened because of the 10-run rule.
   Redmond blasted 15 hits in the contest, including three doubles, a triple, and an inside-the-park home run.
   In spite of the lopsided loss, there were still some positives for Crook County. Seven different Cowboys had hits in the contest, including doubles by Quant and Brandon Alexander. In addition, the team continued to play hard the entire contest, scoring their final two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
   “The kids are working at it,” Martinez said. “They are battling and they are getting better. They give it their all. They don’t quit.”
   Crook County played Sisters on Thursday, then will wrap up a busy week with a game at Madras tonight at 4 p.m. The team is back on the road next Monday when they travel to Bend to take on the Mountain View Cougars in a 5:30 p.m. contest.