Outlaws 10-run Cowboys
Knowing that they had a busy weekend ahead, the Crook County Cowboys kept their pitchers to a strict pitch count on Thursday as they hosted the Sisters Outlaws in a non-league baseball game.
"We were saving our pitchers and pitching everyone," Crook County head coach Frank Martinez said. "I learned a lot of things today."
Playing five pitchers in the game, the Cowboys played well at times but were unable to generate any offense as the Outlaws rolled to a 10-0 win in six innings, scoring all their runs in the first and sixth innings.
The Cowboys got off to a shaky start as starting pitcher Carson Smith initially had control problems. Smith walked a pair of Outlaws to start the game. Although Smith struck out two batters and gave up just one hit, a pair of costly errors led to four Outlaw runs as Sisters jumped out to a big early lead.
Smith settled down in the second inning, retiring the Outlaws in order.
Garrett Bernard replaced Smith on the mound to start the third inning and pitched two strong innings, striking out one and allowing just one hit as the score remained 4-0 through four.
The Cowboys threatened in the bottom of the fourth inning as Heath Pickhardt ripped a single to right field, then stole second.
However, a hard line drive by Bernard went straight to the Outlaws center fielder.
Then Jacob Kasberger hit a sizzling line drive that went just foul down the left field line.
On the next pitch, Kasberger kept the ball in play but hit a long fly ball to the Outlaw leftfielder, ending the inning.
Diego Smith came in to pitch for the Cowboys in the top of the fifth.
Smith gave up a single in the inning, but the Outlaws never threatened as Pickhardt gunned the baserunner out at second on a steal attempt.
Diego Smith reached first on an error in the bottom half of the inning, then stole second and went to third on a fielder's choice on a ground ball by Kyle Knudtson. However, Outlaw starting pitcher Austin Morss pitched his way out of the jam, as Brodie Connell hit a weak ground ball to second, ending the inning.
Then came the decisive sixth inning of the game. Smith hit the first batter he faced in the top of the sixth inning. A walk and a bunt single loaded the bases before a single down the third base line scored the Outlaws' first run of the stanza.
An error in left field led to a second run scoring on the play, while Outlaw runners advanced to second and third.
An infield single scored the third run, after which Devin Bishop came in to relieve Smith on the mound.
A walk loaded the bases for the Outlaws.
The next batter hit a ground ball to third base, which Knudtson fielded cleanly, throwing home for the first out of the inning.
A second walk scored the Outlaws' fourth run of the inning, before a single to left scored another.
A ground out to first base scored the Outlaws' sixth run of the inning, before Bishop was replaced on the mound by Knudtson, who walked the first batter he faced, then struck out the next batter to end the inning.
Morss then retired the Cowboys in order in the bottom half of the inning to end the game one inning early due to the 10-run rule.
Pickhardt's fourth inning single was the lone Cowboy hit of the contest, while the Outlaws used six hits, six walks and four Crook County errors to score their 10 runs.
The loss dropped the Cowboys to 1-2 on the year, while the Outlaws improved to 2-2.
Sisters 10, Crook County 0
At Crook County
Sisters 4 0 0 0 0 6 — 10 6 2
Crook County 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 1 4