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Cowboys fall to South Salem 15-1

Team commits nine errors in loss

by: FRED HOUSTON JR/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Cully Stafford dives back safely into first on Friday vs. South Salem.

The Crook County High School baseball team fell to South Salem 15-3 in non-league play on Friday.
   The Cowboys were tied 3-3 with the Saxons after the first three innings, but South Eugene scored 12 runs in the last four innings to break the game wide open.
   "We had nine errors as a team, seven of them by two guys," said Head Coach Chris Felton. "Our pitching as a whole did a good job of throwing strikes, but they need to get support from our defense."
   The Cowboys could only manage three hits on the day and scored all three of their runs in the third inning.
   Mike Haring, who came on to pitch in relief in the fourth inning, suffered the loss for the Cowboys who are now 1-3 on the season.
   "Zach Hite had a good game," said Felton. "He was 1-3 at the plate and did a good job at the plate, and Taylor Knox was up to bat three times and got on base three times. Right now we are doing a good job of making contact with the ball, but we've got to learn how to drive the ball."
   Crook County is on the road on Tuesday and Wednesday in Eugene. They face Churchill in a double-header on Tuesday beginning at 12, and then face Thurston in a second twinbill on Wednesday.
   The Cowboys return home to play Highland High School from Utah on Thursday in a game that is currently scheduled for Vince Genna Stadium in Bend, but that may still be moved to Prineville. The game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. under the lights.