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Trio of Crook County High School pitchers no-hit Culver while Pickhardt triples

LON AUSTIN - Hayden Forman cranks up a throw during the Cowboys' 11-0 win over the Culver Bulldogs Oct. 6. Cowboy pitchers Matt DelaPera, Prestyn Jones and Tyson Martinez combined to no-hit Culver. Cal Pickkhardt went 3-4 with a triple and four steals to lead the Cowboys at the plate.

The Crook County Cowboy baseball team missed a week of practice and games due to disciplinary reasons. But the team came back strong on the road Tuesday afternoon, rolling past the Culver Bulldogs 11-0 in six innings.

"It was tough to say the least to lose four varsity games and two JV games, which was over 50 percent of our schedule off of an already shortened season," Crook County head coach Ryan Jordan said. "However, our players made great adjustments in following the new mandatory athletic rules and we played outstanding today."

After neither team scored in the first inning, the Cowboys got on the board in the second as Hayden Forman walked, went to second on a wild pitch, then scored on a Culver error.

With Cowboy pitching holding Culver batters in check, that would have been all the runs Crook County needed.

However, the Cowboys exploded for five more runs in the third inning, added two in the fourth and scored three insurance runs in the sixth inning as they took control of the game.

Austin Vaughan walked to start the decisive third inning. Vaughan stole second, then went to third on a wild pitch. Vaughan scored on a Cal Pickhardt single. Pickhardt then stole both second and third. Culver starting pitcher Brody Little then struck out Prestyn Jones. However, Culver's catcher dropped the ball. An alert Jones beat the throw to first and Pickhardt took advantage of the play to steal home. Three more walks, along with singles by Justin Smith and Ryder Marsh, led to three more runs in the inning.

For the game, Pickhardt went 3-4 at the plate with a triple, four stolen bases and three runs scored, while Cowboy batters pounded out 10 hits in the contest. Christian Taylor also had an extra base hit, ripping a double in the fourth inning.

Matt DelaPena, Jones and Tyson Martinez combined to pitch a complete game no-hitter as the Cowboys closed out OSAA season 1 with the victory.

"We played outstanding today," Jordan said. "We made adjustments and I'm proud to see them finish this fall on a high note."

The Cowboys are scheduled to begin the OSAA spring season on April 19.


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