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Posse wraps up summer season

Crook County loses two, wins one in last weekend of play

by: TIM STUMM/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Carter Gill will be a senior next year for the Crook  County baseball team.

After a pair of defensive lapses, the Crook County Posse put things together to notch a win and end their 2004 summer season on a high note.
   The locals dropped a 6-0 decision to Redmond on Friday, then split a doubleheader with Grant Union on Saturday. The Posse were blown out in the first game 10-1, then came back and achieved redemption in game two with a 13-3 win.
   "It was almost like a role reversal," coach Tim Huntley said of Saturday's second game. "This time it was their pitchers that couldn't find the plate and when they did we put it in play."
   In Friday's game, however, the Posse could do nothing of the sort. They gave up five runs in the fourth inning, including a two-run homer, and were unable to come back from the deficit. Crook County produced a total of four hits the entire game.
   "We hit a lot of balls hard, we just hit them at people," Huntley said.
   The Posse's hitting woes continued in their first game on Saturday.
   "Everything that could have gone wrong, went wrong," Huntley said of the 10-1 loss. "Their pitcher did a nice job of putting the ball in the strike zone and we weren't aggressive."
   In the second game, Crook County finally found its stride.
   Kyle Huntley smashed a two-run double and a two-run single and Garret Queen had three RBIs to help lead the Posse to victory.
   Bryce Garner pitched a complete game, letting up three runs in the first inning and then holding Grant Union for the remainder of the contest. The rest of the defense did its part as well converting three separate double plays.
   "That just killed them," Huntley said. "It took us out of trouble in three different innings."
   The Posse finish the season with an 18-9-2 overall record.
   Willie O'Daniel, Carter Gill and Kyle and Kelly Huntley will be among the returning seniors this spring for a Crook County squad that reached the playoffs for the second consecutive season last year.
   "From a summer baseball standpoint, it was a really successful season," Huntley said. "I was really pleased."