Outlaws rough up Madras


Sisters rolls past Buffs 16-0 in baseball opener

Sometimes it is all too apparent when a team hits the field for its first game of the season. That was the situation the Madras baseball team found itself in Monday afternoon.

The White Buffalos struggled early and often as Sisters ruined their home and season opener, ringing up a 16-0 victory in game that was called after the sixth inning.

But new Madras coach Sam McCormick took it all in stride.

"We're a young club," McCormick said. "When you go out and let the game speed up and kind of divert away from the things you've been doing great in practice, this is what's going to happen. I'm glad it happened now instead of at the end of the season."

Despite the score, the Buffs didn't really play all that badly, but double digit hits allowed and walks handed out were way to much too overcome. The Outlaws scored in every inning and allowed a single Madras hit, a double by Howard Bell-Raines.

"There's a lot of room for improvement," McCormick said. "I told the guys that because we are a whole lot better than this."

McCormick said the team as a whole went away from its approach. After spending all week hitting grounders and line drives, the Buffs let the umpires decide the game by taking way too many called third strikes.

The aggressiveness the team showed at the plate leading up to the game was all but gone during it.

"We have to start swinging the bat," McCormick said. "We were trying to hit what we wanted instead of what we were going to get. When you hit 0-2, 1-2 counts all the time, it's going to be a rough day."

While the outcome was ugly, McCormick said there were bright spots woven throughout the game.

Pitcher Devon Wolfe threw hard and threw a lot of strikes and McCormick is positive he will continue to do that.

And for a first game, the coaching staff said the kids were in the right places in every situation and never seemed to be confused as to what each other was doing.

It was just the final results on the scoreboard that looked really bad.

"It's our youth and there are going to be some growing pains associated with that," McCormick said. "Baseball is a game where you are guaranteed to make errors, you are guaranteed you are going to lose and you are guaranteed that you are going to get 10-runned sometimes.

"But it's over. We play 26 games, so if we worry about this one, we're going to carry mental bricks around the whole time," McCormick said. "So what, the game is over. Now let's go find three ways we can improve on it and just get back to work."

The Buff will have plenty of time to improve with a game Friday at Redmond and a doubleheader Saturday at Crook County.

Next week, during spring break, Madras will play host to the Second Annual White Buffalo Spring Classic. Seven teams from the area will be in town for a three-day tournament.

Madras will open with La Pine at 4:30 p.m. March 26. Other first round matchups include Jesuit-Ridgeview, Pleasant Hill-Yamhill-Carlton and Crook County-Harrisburg.

There will be four games each day. Tickets will be $5 per day or $15 per day for a family pass and a tournament family pass is $35.