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Lava Bears pound Cowboys 17-3


Bend completes three-game sweep of Crook County with blow out win

The Bend Lava Bears completed a three-game sweep of the Crook County Cowboys with a 17-3 pounding of the Cowboys Friday afternoon in Intermountain Hybrid baseball action.

“We hit the ball a little better today,” said Crook County Head Coach Frank Martinez. “We worked on that a lot in practice yesterday and the kids were more patient today. What else can you say.”by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Crook County third baseman Dylan Blasius catches a foul ball near the fence while Crook County Head Coach Frank Martinez looks on. The Cowboys lost to the Bend Lava Bears 17-3 in the contest as Bend completed a three-game sweep of Crook County.

The Lava Bears exploded for six runs in the bottom of the first inning as the host Cowboys made a series of errors. Bend continued their offensive onslaught, scoring two runs each in the second and third innings.

The Cowboys finally got on the board in the bottom of the third. Chase McCall walked to start the inning. Then Trevor Slawter hit what looked like a routine ground ball. However, the ball took a bad hop, going over the Bend shortstop's outstretched hand. A hustling McCall scored on the play. Dylan Blasius followed with an infield single, which moved Slawter to third. Slawter scored one batter later as Kohlter Kee slashed a single to left field.

The Lava Bears responded with six more runs in the top of the fourth as they extended their lead to 16-2. Bend added one final run in the fifth inning before Slawter scored his second run of the game on a single by Jared Wheeler.

As has happened throughout the Intermountain Hybrid season the game was called at the end of the inning due to the 10-run rule.

Bend finished the contest with 15 hits, while the Cowboys had six hits and committed eight errors.

With the win the Lava Bears moved their record to 10-2 in league and 18-5 overall while the Cowboys fell to 0-12 and 5-17.

The Cowboys finish their season with a three-game series this week against the Summit Storm. The two teams played Monday in Bend, play again in Bend on Wednesday, then close out the season on Friday in Prineville. All three games are scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

Bend 17, Crook County 3

At Crook County

Bend 6 2 2 6 1 x x — 17 15 2

CCHS 0 0 2 0 1 x x — 3 6 8