Buffs stay in funk, lose to Falcons


Madras wins first three TVC games, but has dropped last three.

by: BILLY GATES/THE PIONEER - Madras' Sarah Brown smacks a base hit during the Buffs' 3-1 loss to La Salle Prep on Thursday at Madras High School. The loss was the third straight loss for the Buffs.The Madras High School softball team can't seem to shake off the funk they are in.

Thursday's game against the La Salle Prep Falcons, a 3-1 loss, marked the third game in a row the White Buffalos have lost, dropping their Tri-Valley Conference record to 3-3.

La Salle scored all three of its runs in the third inning, but only one was earned. La Salle had just two singles in the inning, but two costly Madras errors was all the Falcons needed to take control of the game.

Madras pitcher Jamie Moe allowed just one earned run in seven innings pitched. She struck out eight hitters, walked three and allowed seven hits in a nice outing.

However, La Salle Prep sophomore Loryn Williams was just a little better.

Williams struck out 10 and walked one in a complete game and allowed just one earned run.

Madras shortstop Shelby Mauritson drilled an RBI single in the first inning to plate leadoff hitter Sarah Brown to give the Buffs an early 1-0 lead, but that was all the runs the Buffs pushed across.

The Buffs had their chances, but couldn't find a way to capitalize.

Mauritson was left on second in the first inning, and was stranded on third after she stole two bases in the third inning.

Brown stole second base after a single in the fifth inning with one out, but was left stranded in scoring position.

Luck wasn't on Madras' side, either. In the seventh inning, Inez by: BILLY GATES/THE PIONEER - Madras shortstop Jasmyn Reese hauls in a fly ball during the Buffs' 3-1 loss to La Salle.Jones hit a hard grounder back up the middle that caromed off Williams and rolled straight to the La Salle second baseman, Paige Bell, for her to toss it over to first for the second out of the inning.

Elysia Moran then grounded out to Williams to end the ballgame.

The Buffs were just 1 for 10 at the plate with runners in scoring position (on second or third base), and had no extra-base hits.

For the game, Madras hit just .192 off Williams.

But La Salle wasn't much better. They were also 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position, but hit .241 off Moe.

La Salle's Sydney Civilicek did most the damage at the plate for the Falcons with a 3-for-4 performance. She hit three singles of La Salle's seven hits, which were all singles.

Madras took on Gladstone on Tuesday in Gladstone, but the result wasn't available by the Pioneer's press deadline. They will be at home Thursday against Estacada in a Tri-Valley Conference matchup.