Lakeridge beats Cowboys 7-6 in baseball opener

Cowboys load bases twice without scoring in close loss to Pacers

by: BOB LAYNE FOR THE CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Garrett Layne hits during the Cowboys' game against Lakeridge on Monday.  Layne went 2-3 with a double for the day.

The Crook County High School baseball team opened their season with a close 7-6 loss to Lakeridge High School in Lake Oswego on Monday.
   Lakeridge jumped on top with a run in the first inning. The Cowboys answered with a run of their own in the second to tie the game up, but then the Pacers exploded for three runs in the second, and got another run in the third.
   Trailing 6-2 after four innings the Cowboys fought back with two runs in the fifth and another run in sixth to close within one. The Pacers scored another run in the bottom of the sixth and then the Cowboys came up short, scoring once more in the seventh for the final 7-6 score.
   "We left more that 10 guys on base and that hurt us," said Head Coach Chris Felton. "We put pressure on them all the time. We just couldn't get that clutch hit and there were a couple of times we got the bases loaded and couldn't score, which hurt us."
   The Cowboys had seven hits in the game. Garrett Layne was 2-3 with a double and a single, Tyler Gruis was 1-2 with a double and Alex Uptain was 1-3 with a double. Parker Woolridge and Todd Olhouser were both 1-2 with singles and Luke Estes was 1-3 in the game.
   Zach Close was the losing pitcher for the Cowboys.
   "It was a typical early season game," said Felton. "We gave up quite a few walks. Our pitchers did all right, but they are struggling to get ahead of the hitters and consequently some guys got walks and that hurt."
   The Cowboys play again on Wednesday, when they travel to Sisters for a 4 p.m. start against the Outlaws. Then on Thursday they play their first home game with a 4:30 p.m. start against LaPine.
   Cowboys Baseball
   Monday, March 10
   Crook County 0 1 0 1 2 1 1 - 6
   Lakeridge 1 3 1 1 0 1 - 7
   Winning Pitcher Corelle Lakeridge
   Losing Pitcher Zach Close Crook County