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Cowboys fall to Madras

The Crook County High School baseball team dropped a pair of games to seventh-ranked Madras High School during the week.
   On Wednesday the White Buffalos pounded out 11 hits as they defeated the Cowboys 11-1 in five innings. Madras jumped on top early with nine runs in the bottom of the first inning and Crook County failed to score a run until the top of the fifth inning.
   "We just didn't get it done," said Head Coach Chris Felton.
   The Cowboys could only manage two hits on the day as Darrell Ceciliani pitched the complete game for the White Buffalos.
   On Thursday the Cowboys struggled early again giving up two runs in the first inning, and five more in the second to Madras, but Crook County battled back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the second inning and two more in the third. Parker Wooldridge came in to pitch in relief in the second inning with the bases loaded and pitched the remainder of the game for the Cowboys.
   "Wooldridge did a great job of coming in in a difficult situation," said Felton. "He pitched a great game. There were situations defensively where we didn't help him out, but he kept battling through it."
   The Cowboys kept the game close until late when the White Buffalos added three runs in the top of the seventh inning to win 14-7. Madras knocked out 13 hits on the day while the Cowboys had nine hits of their own. Tyler Gruis was 2-2 for Crook County with a pair of doubles while Kyle Meacham was 2-3 and Mike Haring went 2-4 with a triple.
   The losses drop Crook County's record to 2-15 overall and 1-7 in league while Madras goes to 3-5 in league and 12-7 overall.
   "I was pleased with how our guys came out and really focused on trying to drive the baseball," said Felton. "We got guys on base and gave ourselves an opportunity to score some runs and early in the game we took advantage of that."