Weather gets the best of Madras


Rain ruins offensive explosion

by: JEFF WILSON/THE PIONEER - Junior Kasheena Stevens works on a contact drill during practice last week at Madras High School. After getting off to an 0-2 league start, Madras fastpitch coach Charlie Brown was eyeing a big couple of weeks for his team.

But Mother Nature has thrown a little curveball of her own at the White Buffalos, making things a little more unpredictable than they could have imagined.

Madras notched its first Class 4A Tri-Valley Conference win last week, downing Estacada 7-5 to move to 5-8 overall and 1-2 in league play. But a game with Molalla was lost twice, once to rain and once to a lack of umpires.

And then on Monday, Madras made the trip to North Marion and exploded for 13 runs in the first two innings only to have the game called due to rain. Up 13-3 and cruising, it all went for naught.

“We were rocking the ball,” Brown said. “We had 15 hits and five walks and the girls were just doing a great job. But they called it. We’ll have to start over.”

Brown said there is no telling when the game might be replayed. The Buffs already have two games on the schedule this week; they played Tuesday night against Molalla and then face La Salle on Thursday.

With the league season underway, getting in all the games will be tough on a team trying to find its mark in the league.

The 15-hit barrage Monday night was a good sign for a team that has struggled at the plate. The Buffs managed just three hits in a pair of losses to La Salle and Gladstone last week.

The bats came alive against Estacada. Jasmyn Reese collected two hits in that game. Keeley Brown knocked in a run on a pair of hits, while freshman Chloe Martin pulled off two clutch hits and knocked in two runs.

Reese picked up the win in that game, striking out 10 as Madras stopped a three-game skid.

Brown said the team worked hard in the Estacada game on playing small ball, taking what the defense gives and moving runners over with bunts and steals.

The girls seem to be getting it all down, now if they can just get and stay on the field.

“I’m hoping we can take the momentum we have built up with us to the next game,” Brown said. “We’ve been working on getting our energy up. I’m hoping we can run with it.”