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IMC holding postseason tourney; Crook Count High School starts against Redmond Panthers

LON AUSTIN - Tyler Martinez goes headfirst into third base during the Cowboys' 11-1 loss against Pendleton May 11. The Buckaroos finished unbeaten in Intermountain Conference play. The young Crook County squad wound up 1-9 in league, 1-14 overall. They played Redmond in a postseason game 
on Monday.

The Crook County High School baseball team dropped a trio of games to a tough Pendleton squad, unbeaten in Intermountain Conference action, this past week, falling 11-1 at home on Tuesday, then dropping a pair of games Saturday on the road by 12-1 and 10-0 scores.

On Tuesday, Pendleton took advantage of Crook County miscues to score five runs in the second inning. The Buckaroos added three more runs in the third and one in the fourth to extend their lead to 9-0.

Crook County finally got on the board with a run in the bottom half of the fourth as Tyson Martinez singled, went to second on a ground out by Clayton Dill, stole third, then scored on a single by Justin Smith.

The Cowboys managed just one more hit the entire contest, a single by Mitch Warren.

Meanwhile, Pendleton, which scored two more runs in the fifth to win by the 10-run rule, pounded out 12 hits in the contest.

Although the two teams played a doubleheader in Pendleton on Saturday, just the first game counted in the Intermountain Conference standings.

Once again, Crook County could only manage three hits in the contest, while Pendleton finished with 12. The lone Crook County run came in the second inning as Martinez scored on an RBI single by Matt Delapena.

Meanwhile, Pendleton scored a pair of runs in the first, five in the second, three in the third, and two in the fourth as they once again won on in five innings on the 10-run rule.

In the non-counting game, Pendleton scored a run in the first and six in the second to take control of the game. The Buckaroos added a single run in the fourth, and two in the fifth, once again ending the game under the 10-run rule.

Pendleton batters had seven hits in the game while Crook County managed just two hits, singles by Dill and Prestyn Jones.

With the losses, the Cowboys fell to 1-9 in league play and 1-14 overall, while Pendleton improved to 10-0 in league play and 13-3 overall.

With no state playoffs this year, the Intermountain Conference has decided to end the season with a league tournament. The Cowboys played at Redmond on Monday in the first round of the event, while The Dalles hosted Ridgeview.

Then, on Thursday, the winner of the Crook County-Redmond contest will square off against Pendleton while the winner of The Dalles and Ridgeview will play at Hood River Valley. The winners of those contests will then play each other on Saturday to determine the league champion.

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