Crook County falls to Sisters, bounces back to defeat LaPine 10-0

by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Parker Wooldridge pitched four innings of no hit ball on Thursday against LaPine

The Crook County High School baseball team got off to a slow start on Wednesday at Sisters, falling to the Outlaws 13-2 in five innings. Sisters dominated the game, scoring 10 runs in the second inning, then cruising to the win.
   "I was pleased with Alex Uptain coming in the game to pitch in the third inning," said Head Coach Chris Felton. "He struggled when we played on Monday and then he came out and threw well against Sisters. He gave up three runs, but only one of them was earned."
   "I was a little excited on Monday against Lakeridge," said Uptain. "Today I just relaxed and slowed down."
   On Thursday, playing their third game in four days the Cowboys looked much more solid in all facets of the game. Their fielding looked much more solid, and both their pitching and hitting picked up as they defeated LaPine 10-0.
   "I was pleased with the kids," said Felton. "This group has been coming out focused in practices and in games, but I was a little worried about how they would come out after the loss. Their focus in pregame hitting and during the game shows that they want to go out and win and you know we did things better today. We got guys on base, we had opportune hits to drive in runs and we had good pitching."
   Parker Wooldridge picked up the win, pitching four innings of no-hit ball for the Cowboys, and looked comfortable and completely in control in spite of the blustery wind.
   "This is my first year pitching varsity," said Wooldridge. "I worked hard in the offseason and was pleased with the game."
   Austin Marks got things going for Crook County, driving in a run with a triple, and then the team spread the damage around. Uptain was the only Cowboy with two hits as he had a single and a double.
   The Cowboys are now 1-2 on the season and have a week off before playing at South Salem on Friday, March 21. By then their lineup should be bolstered as they add Taylor Knox and Mike Haring who are off to late starts because of the basketball teams' playoff run.
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