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Cowboys drop games to Pendleton

Big innings by the Buckaroos prove costly for Crook County

by: Lon Austin/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Garrett Puckett hit a triple and then scored on a Pendleton throwing error in game two of the doubleheader.

The Crook County High School baseball team dropped both games of a doubleheader to Pendleton on Saturday.
   "You know we were in both games for a long time," said Head Coach Chris Felton. "That first game, it was tied 3-3 after three innings, and then we gave up two runs in the fourth. And that fifth inning-we just couldn't get anybody out."
   The Cowboys gave up 14 runs in the fifth inning of game one to fall to the Buckaroos 19-3. In the game Pendleton pounded out 19 hits to just six for the Cowboys, but it was fielding mistakes that proved most costly.
   "We gave them some extra outs with our mistakes," said Felton. "You just can't do that against a good team."
   Zach Hite was two for two in the game with a double and a single while Mike Haring went two for three with a pair of singles.
   In game two the Cowboys had some scoring opportunities, but couldn't string hits together and made some costly baserunning errors.
   "That second game it was 6-2 after five," said Felton. "We made some baserunning errors that really hurt us but we were still there with a chance."
   Pendleton scored three runs in the top of the seventh to win 9-2. For the game the Buckaroos had 11 hits to just three hits for the Cowboys. Taylor Knox went one for one at the plate with a double and Garrett Puckett was 1-2 with a triple.
   The win moved Pendleton to 2-2 in league and 9-6 overall while the Cowboys fell to 1-4 in the IMC and 2-11 overall.
   Crook County travels to Bend on Tuesday to take on a Lava Bear team that is 3-1 in conference and 8-3 overall. Game time is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Then the Cowboys play at Summit on Friday, also starting at 4:30 p.m.
   "Bend is a good ballclub," said Felton. "They beat Pendleton twice last week. They have some guys that can really hit the ball."