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Crook County stays close early in both games, but finishes on wrong end of blowouts

After not having spring sports in 2020, the OSAA has allowed athletics to resume this fall with what they are calling season 1.

Season 1 has far fewer rules than past seasons, but requires teams to restrict competition to other teams in their geographic area.

Central Oregon schools have divided season 1 into three mini seasons with three weeks for practice followed by three weeks of competition in each mini season.

Those seasons are starting with spring sports, and the Crook County Cowboy baseball team was back in action for the first time in over a year this past week as they played a pair of contests with the Redmond Panthers.

The Cowboys hosted the Panthers on Tuesday, then played at Redmond on Thursday with the Panthers coming out on top in both contests.

"We have a lot of work to do," Crook County first-year head coach Ryan Jordan said following Thursday's game.

Redmond took the opening game of the series 16-3 from the Cowboys, then came back to clobber the Cowboys again 10-1 in game two.

The Cowboys had just seven hits combined in the two contests, while Redmond belted 23 hits in the two games.

Crook County was in both games early, taking a 3-2 lead into the fourth inning of game one in Prineville and trailing just 5-0 heading into the fifth inning in Redmond.

After Redmond's Aiden Gebard tripled and scored in the opening inning of the game, Redmond scored a second run in the top of the second inning as Jake Webb doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly.

The Cowboys answered as Matt DelaPena was hit by a pitch to start the bottom half of the second inning and eventually scored on a single, an error, and a second hit batter. Brody Vail scored the Cowboys' second run of the inning on a wild pitch, tying the score 2-0. Crook County took the lead briefly on a Prestyn Jones solo homerun in the bottom half of the fourth inning.

However, the lead was short lived as Redmond scored four runs in the fourth and 10 more in the sixth inning to take control of the game.

In addition to his opening inning triple, Gebard also hit a three-run homer in the game.

Game two in Redmond saw the Panthers take control early and never look back as they rolled out to a 10-0 lead in six innings. The two teams elected to continue playing despite the 10-run rule, and the Cowboys finally got on the board in the top of the seventh inning as Cal Pickhardt walked, stole second, went to third on a passed ball and scored on an infield single by Taylor Christian.

Crook County has a busy week ahead hosting Ridgeview on Tuesday, playing at Ridgeview Thursday, then hosting Culver Friday and Burns for a doubleheader on Saturday. All weekday games begin at 4:30 p.m. while the Burns doubleheader is scheduled to begin at noon.

Tuesday, September 22

At Crook County

Redmond 1 1 0 4 0 10 – 16 12 2

Crook County 0 2 1 0 0 0 – 3 4 3

Thursday, September 24

At Redmond

Crook County 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 – 1 3 4

Redmond 1 4 0 0 5 0 x – 10 11 2


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