Bend shuts out Cowboys

CCHS gets only three hits in Bend victory

by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Zach Close pitches against Bend on Tuesday.  Close pitched five innings of the Cowboys 10-0 loss.

The struggling Crook County High School baseball team fell to Bend 10-0 on Tuesday in a six-inning game.
   The Cowboys could manage only three hits for the day while giving up 11 hits to the Lava Bears.
   Bend got on the board with one run in the bottom of the first, and then exploded for five runs in the third inning to put the game out of reach for the Cowboys. Bend added two more runs in the fifth inning and a pair of runs in the sixth for the final score.
   Zach Close pitched the first five innings for Crook County suffering the loss, while Matt Palmer pitched the complete game for the Lava Bears to earn the win.
   "For the circumstances I thought that Close stepped up on short rest and did a very good job," said Head Baseball Coach Chris Felton. "He did a good job of getting us late into the game. After our doubleheader Saturday we didn't have much pitching depth and our arms weren't rested so he stepped in and did well through five innings giving up four earned runs."
   The Cowboys hurt their cause with four errors on the day, and Bend ran wild on the base paths stealing six bases in the game.
   Garrett Layne, Parker Wooldridge and Luke Estes had the three hits for Crook County, while Bend was led by Brian Price who went three-for-three with three RBI's.
   The loss drops the Cowboys to 1-5 in the IMC and 1-12 overall while Bend improves to 4-1 and 9-3.
   "Compared to Saturday I thought that our approach to the game was better on Tuesday," said Felton. "I thought there was better focus and we put the ball in play, we just didn't hit it hard."
   The Cowboys play Summit High School at Vince Genna Stadium in Bend on Friday with the game starting at 4:30 p.m.
   "I think with our pitching arms rested and hopefully getting more sound defensively, if we come out and have good offensive at-bats we should have a good opportunity to give ourselves a win," said Felton.