If there is one thing that the Madras High baseball team will not do this year, it's mope. New coach Sam McCormick won't allow it.

So when the White Buffaloes started off their season last week by getting 10-runned by Sisters, McCormick and his staff went right to work on keeping the team's attitude up.

"We don't have time to mope," McCormick said. "It does no good trying to win a game that you can't win anymore."

It seems to have worked as the Buffs played much better all-around ball last weekend, going 1-2 in games against Redmond and Crook County.

And with the White Buffalo Classic kicking off today at the Madras field, the team really doesn't have time to mope.

Madras played solid in Friday's 10-2 loss at Redmond, letting the game get away from it by allowing a six-run sixth inning. Saturday's doubleheader with Crook County had the Buffs taking the first game 10-8, while dropping the second 16-6.

"We are a young team and the kids need to trust themselves and the process that is being taught," McCormick said. "I think that we are getting a little bit better every day and that's all you can ask for."

One area that improved drastically was the Buffs approach at the plate. In the opening game of the season, they managed just a single hit.

But over the weekend, Madras bats came alive.

In Saturday's first game against the Cowboys, Bryce Rehwinkel drove in two runs on a pair of triples, while Cody Shepard and Devon Wolfe both had two hits each.

In the second game, Alec McDonald had two hits and two RBIs.

"We are starting to swing the bats," McCormick said. "We scalded a few that went right at people but I'll take that all day."

What McCormick would like to see more of is productive at-bats. The Buffs are getting better at situational plate appearances but are still not moving runners over like McCormick would like to see.

But that will come as the season wears on, he said.

Madras also got some solid pitching over the weekend.

Josh Ross was solid in the first Crook County game and Parker Dominguez got the opportunity to close out that game and then start the second.

Shepard also pitched well in the second game, McCormick said, but his defense let him down too many times.

As the Buffs move forward, McCormick would like to see them look forward and not worry about games that have already been played.

"The thing that I'm most concerned about is getting the guys to have short memories," he said. "No one is quitting on us. We just have to work and get better every day."

Madras opened up play the White Buffalo Classic against La Pine Wednesday afternoon. It will play either Harrisburg or Crook County Thursday, at 4:30 p.m. if the Buffs won, or 9 a.m. if they lost.

Other team in the field include Jesuit, Ridgeview, Pleasant Hill and Yamhill-Carlton.

The tournament wraps up Friday afternoon with a 4:30 p.m. title game..

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