Cowboys drop two games

Crook County drops high scoreing game to Sisters 16-13

by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Brett Gast starts his swing in yesterdays game against Sisters.  Gast had a single on the play and had three hits for the day.

The Crook County High School baseball team played a pair of marathon games this week. The Cowboys fell to Burns 9-5 on Tuesday in a game that took more than two and one-half hours to play because of a weather delay, and then dropped a heartbreaker 16-13 to Sisters on Thursday.
   "Against Burns we gave up eight runs in the second inning and six of them were unearned," said Head Coach Chris Felton. "I was pleased that we regrouped. Our pitcher, Tyler Gruis, managed to keep focused and pitched a complete game. And you know defensively we stepped up and turned three double plays later in the game, so I was pleased that we aren't hanging our heads and are trying to focus on trying to help our teammates."
   The Cowboys came back after the weather delay and scored five runs late in the game, but they stranded baserunners in both the sixth and seventh innings and couldn't quite make up for their early mistakes.
   On Thursday, the Cowboys used four pitchers trying to slow down Sisters bats. The Outlaws jumped on top with eight runs in the second inning but the Cowboys slowly clawed their way back into the game finally catching Sisters in the fifth inning.
   With the game tied 13-13 the Cowboys had a chance to take the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning but had two baserunners picked off base ,and stranded runners at second and third base failing to score.
   "We started off really slowly and the second inning they ended up with eight runs," said injured outfielder Mike Haring. "I thought that we were going to just roll over, but we actually battled back. We never gave up and just got unlucky in the seventh."
   In the top of the seventh a throwing error by the Cowboys led to three unearned runs by the Outlaws to take a 16-13 lead. With the sun setting and the field dark enough that it was hard to see the pitches, the Outlaws shut the Cowboys out in the bottom of the seventh to seal the win.
   "I was pleased with our kids how they came out after they got down," said Felton. "There was no change in demeanor. Their approach to the plate was great. This was our best offensive outing. We hit the ball great and it wasn't just hitting the ball. We drove the ball. It was a big game. I was pleased that our guys gave us an opportunity to win."
   The Cowboys have a league doubleheader this Saturday at home against Pendleton. Games are scheduled for 1 and 3 p.m.