Cowboys blasted by Eagles


Harrisburg scores 12 first-inning runs in five-inning rout of Crook County

The Harrisburg Eagles cruised to the semifinals of the White Buffalo Spring Classic Baseball Tournament with an 18-0 rout of the Crook County Cowboys Wednesday afternoon.

Harrisburg pitcher Dax Wilson limited the Cowboys to just one hit in the contest, while the Eagles blasted 17 LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Spencer Copeland rips a single during the Cowboys' loss to the Harrisburg Eagles in the White Buffalo Spring Classic Baseball Tournament. The hit was Crook County's lone hit in the 18-0 loss.

“We’ll just keep trying,” said Crook County Head Coach Frank Martinez following the game. “That’s all we can do.”

Seventeen Harrisburg batters came to the plate in the first inning as the Eagles scored 12 runs to put the game essentially out of reach.

The Eagles took advantage of six walks and two Cowboy errors in the inning.

From there, Harrisburg cruised. The Eagles scored two runs each in the second, third, and fourth innings.

As bad as the score was for the Cowboys it could have been even worse. Harrisburg had several opportunities to advance runners on wild pitches and passed balls by the Cowboys, but instead chose to remain on their bases. In addition, Harrisburg batters stopped on first base on several hits that could easily have been extra base blasts. On top of that as the designated home team, the Eagles came to bat just four times as the game was called after four and one half innings due to the 10-run rule.

Meanwhile, Wilson limited the Cowboys to just two base runners in the five-inning contest.

Spencer Copeland had the Cowboys’ lone hit, a single in the third inning. The only other Cowboy baserunner was Joe McInturff, who walked in the fifth inning.

Harrisburg faced Madras, a 12-8 winner over La Pine in a semifinal game on Thursday. Jesuit and Pleasant Hill meet in the other semifinals.

The Cowboys dropped into the consolation round of the tournament where they faced La Pine at 9:30 a.m. Thursday morning.

The tournament continues through Friday in Madras, with each team guaranteed to play three games.

Following Friday’s games, the Cowboys are off until Wednesday, April 2, when they travel to La Pine for a 4 p.m. contest.

Harrisburg 18, Crook County 0

Crook County 0 0 0 0 0 x x — 0 1 4

Harrisburg 12 2 2 2 x x x — 18 17 0