Cowboys split with Outlaws as season ends


Sisters rallies late to win first game, Crook County makes sure Outlaws can't come back in the nightcap, winning by 10-run rule

For most of Thursday afternoon and evening, the Crook County Cowboys were in complete control of their baseball doubleheader against the Sisters Outlaws.

“We did pretty good,” said Crook County Head Coach Frank Martinez. "We made a few errors, but I thought that, for the most part, we shut them down.”

However, when the sun set on Jerry Pimentel Field Thursday evening, the Cowboys had to settle for a split.

Crook County took a 4-1 lead into the top of the seventh inning of game one only to see the Outlaws rally to score three runs in the inning to tie the game. Sisters scored a run on a wild pitch in the eighth inning to escape with a 5-4 win. by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Beau Kline crosses home plate in the bottom of the sixth inning of game two of the Cowboys' doubleheader with the Sisters Outlaws. Kline's run ended the game under the 10-run rule as the Cowboys and Outlaws split on the afternoon.

The nightcap was all Crook County as the Cowboys rolled to a 17 to 7 win in six innings.

“Our bats came around this last game,” Martinez said. “We haven’t hit like that all year.”

Sisters was able to manufacture a run in the first inning despite Crook County starting pitcher Trevor Slawter striking out the side. Slawter struck out three more batters in the second inning, and added a seventh strikeout in the third before being replaced on the mound by Devin Wilson.

Meanwhile, Slawter ripped a triple to left-center in the second to open the inning. Heath Pickhardt singled to score Slawter then scored on a double by Wilson as the Cowboys took a 2-1 lead. Crook County added two more runs in the third inning as Jared McGuire and Kyle Smith had the big hits in the inning.

Although the Cowboys had several scoring opportunities later in the game, neither team was able to score until the fateful seventh inning. After an out to start the inning, the Outlaws strung together a pair of singles and a double steal to put runners in scoring position. A misplayed pop up turned into a double scoring a run as the Outlaws closed to within a pair of runs. Then Ryan Funk, who pitched all eight innings for the Outlaws, singled to right, scoring two more runs to tie the game.

Funk finished the game with 12 strikeouts, while scattering eight hits in the contest. Meanwhile, Crook County pitchers were just as strong, striking out 13 batters and giving up just nine hits.

Although the first game of the twin bill was a pitcher’s duel, the second game was all about offense.

The Outlaws took advantage of a string of Cowboy mistakes to open the scoring with a run in the first inning. Sisters’ leadoff batter reached first on an error, stole second base, then went to third on a wild pitch. The second Outlaw batter struck out. However, the catcher dropped the ball and the batter raced to first. Fearing that the runner was coming home from third, Crook County’s catcher didn’t throw to first until it was too late and the Outlaws had runners on the corners. After another steal, Sisters scored on a routine ground ball to second before the Cowboys were able to escape the inning without further damage.

Crook County exploded for six runs in the bottom half of the inning as Rowdie Dalton, McGuire, Joseph McInturff, Slawter Smith, Wilson and Pickhardt all had hits in the inning.

Sisters tried to keep pace, scoring five in the second inning to tie the game.

However, the Cowboys put the game out of reach with four more runs in the bottom half of the inning. Dalton, McInturff and Dylan Wilson all had doubles in the LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Trevor Slawter slides safely into third with a triple during the Cowboys' doubleheader against the Sisters Outlaws. Sisters won the first game 5-4, but the Cowboys came back to win game two 17-7 in six innings.

Sisters scored one more run in the third inning before Crook County’s pitchers finally settled down. The Cowboys added two more runs in the bottom half of the fourth, then put the game out of reach with four runs in the fifth inning. The game finally ended in the sixth when Beau Kline walked and scored on a single to right by Devin Wilson.

The Cowboys blasted 19 hits in the contest, while Sisters scored their runs on just three hits. However, the Outlaws took advantage of seven walks and four Crook County errors to score their runs.

Slawter, who was the starting pitcher in game one for the Cowboys, pitched the final inning for Crook County to earn the save.

Although they won just four games during the summer baseball season, Martinez was pleased with the improvement that his team made.

“We had a lot of freshmen and eighth graders playing and with the younger kids we made a lot of progress,” he said. “We weren’t getting killed and I’m very happy with being competitive. We didn’t have all our guys here all summer, but the ones that were committed did good.”

Game 1

Sisters 5, Crook County 4

Sisters 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 — 5 8 4

CCHS 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 — 4 9 3

Game 2

Crook County 17, Sisters 7

Sisters 1 5 1 0 0 0 x — 7 3 3

CCHS 6 4 0 2 4 1 x — 17 19 2