Mountain View pitcher strikes out 18

by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Zach Close pitches for the Cowboys against Mountain View

The Crook County High School baseball team ran into a hot pitcher on Tuesday as they fell to the Mountain View Cougars 9-1.
   Crook County could only muster two hits in the ball game, while Mountain View had only five hits in the pitching duel, but Cowboy defensive lapses led to three multi-run innings for the Cougars.
   "I thought our pitchers threw very well," said Cowboy Head Coach Chris Felton. "I was pleased with Zach Close coming out and getting through four effective innings. He did a great job of keeping quality hitters off balance. They could never really tell what was coming. I thought he matured a lot on the mound and he had a good mound presence. And Parker Wooldridge came in and I thought he threw a good game. He threw strikes and got ahead of the hitters."
   Alex Robinett pitched a complete game for the Cougars, striking out 18 Cowboy hitters while only giving up two hits.
   "He was a quality pitcher and we didn't make the adjustments that we needed to make at the plate," said Felton. "He could just throw his fastball past us and on top of that he had control of his change up and curve ball."
   Garrett Layne and Garrett Puckett had the Cowboys' two hits while the rest of the team struggled to get a bat on the ball. In addition to getting one of the Cowboys' hits, Felton was also pleased with his play behind the plate.
   "He did a good job of framing the plate and I was pleased with his catching performance," Felton said.
   With the loss, the Cowboys fell to 1-7 overall and 0-1 in league while the Cougars improved to 6-3 and 1-0 in the IMC.
   The Cowboys are in action again on Saturday when they have a home doubleheader against Hermiston. The action begins at 12, with the second game to follow 20 to 30 minutes following the conclusion of game one.
   "Hermiston is a quality ballclub," said Felton. "They were a playoff team last year and they have a lot of returners. We are going to have to be defensively sound and mentally tough at the plate. With our pitchers we don't have anyone who is going to overpower other teams so we are just going to have to throw strikes and hit our spots. But we have pitchers who can get the job done. We are making progress. I am happy with the kids' demeanor and their focus has been good this year, but we need a win."
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