Cowboys fall to Bend, split with Ravens
The Crook County High School baseball team had a busy week, playing three games in the opening week of the season.
The Cowboys dropped their season opener on Tuesday, an 11-1 five-inning non-league loss to the Bend Lava Bears. Then Friday, the Cowboys played most of a doubleheader against the Ridgeview Ravens to open the league season. Ridgeview scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to take a hard-fought 9-8 win over Crook County.
Then in the nightcap, the Cowboys led 7-5 after 3.5 innings when the game was called because of darkness. No date has currently been set to finish the contest.
Against Bend, the Cowboys gave up four runs in the first inning and never recovered. Bend scored five more in the fourth to push their lead to 9-0 before Crook County finally got on the board in the bottom half of the fifth. Austin Vaughn picked up a single in the inning and eventually scored for the Cowboys' lone run of the game.
Then, in the top of the sixth inning, the Lava Bears scored two more runs to push their lead to 10 runs as the game was called early due to the 10-run rule.
Bend pounded out 15 hits in the contest, to just four for the Cowboys. Vaughn went 2-2 at the plate to lead the Cowboy offense, while Hayden Foreman and Matt Delapena both went 1-2 to round out the Cowboy hitting.
Friday at Ridgeview was a different story as the Cowboys and Ravens were locked up in a pair of tight ball games.
Ridgeview took an early lead in game one, scoring a run in the bottom half of the first inning. The Cowboys tied the game with a run in the top of the third, but Ridgeview responded with three runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning to take a 4-1 lead.
Crook County exploded for four runs in the top of the fifth to take a narrow 5-4 lead, then added another run in the seventh to push their lead to 6-4. However, the Ravens responded with two runs in the bottom half of the inning to send the game into overtime.
When the Cowboys scored two runs in the eighth, it looked like they were going to pick up their first run of the year, but once again Ridgeview responded, this time with three runs to close out the game.
Vaughn, Foreman, Delapena and Carson Dill each scored a pair of runs for Crook County.
Crook County finished the game with 12 hits to 11 for Ridgeview. The Cowboys played error-free ball, while Ridgeview committed four errors, but the Cowboys were unable to capitalize.
In the nightcap, the Cowboys opened the scoring with a run in the first inning. However, the Ravens quickly responded with four runs in the bottom half of the inning to take a 4-1 lead.
Crook County exploded for six runs in the second inning to take a 7-4 lead. Ridgeview answered with a run in the bottom half of the inning to make the score 7-5. Neither team scored again before the game was called because of darkness.
Once again, the Cowboys outhit the Ravens, seven hits to four. Delapena pitched three innings in the game, striking out five, but giving up five runs, just one of which was earned.
The Cowboys play at Hood River Valley today with play starting at 4:30 p.m.
The Cowboys return home on Saturday when they will play Hood River Valley at 11 a.m., then play Summit at 4 p.m. In between, the Storm will play Hood River Valley with game time scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
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