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Crook County Cowboys can't slow the Panthers' offense in 11-5 tournament defeat

LON AUSTIN - Mitch Warren works to beat out an infield play, but came up a few inches short. The Cowboys, which fielded a very inexperienced team this spring, lost in the first round of the IMC tournament to Redmond, 11-5. They'll expect to field a more experienced squad in 2022.

The Crook County High School baseball season ended Monday, May 17 with an 11-5 loss to the Redmond Panthers in the first round of the district playoffs.

Redmond broke on top early with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning. The Panthers added two more runs in the second, two in the third, and two in the fourth before the Cowboy offense finally got on track.

Crook County exploded for five runs in the top of the fifth inning to get back into the game, and they could easily have scored more if not for a double play. Crook County had six hits in the contest, with five of them coming in the fifth.

Singles by Austin Vaughn, Matt Delapena and Justin Smith started the rally. Benny Allen walked before Tyis Yustat singled, scoring the third Cowboy run of the inning. A Mitch Warren single drove in Crook County's fourth run of the inning, still with no outs. The Cowboys' fifth run of the inning scored as Prestyn Jones hit into a double play. The Panthers got out of the inning without any further damage when Tyson Martinez ground out to short, ending the rally.

Redmond continued their offensive onslaught, scoring two more runs in the bottom half of the inning, then adding a final insurance run in the sixth.

For the game, the Panthers finished with 14 hits, including a pair of doubles and a triple.

Still, the Cowboys tried to make things interesting with Yustat getting his second hit of the game in the seventh. Yustat stole second base, but could go no farther as Redmond pitched out of the inning.

With the victory, the Panthers improved their record to 7-7 overall. Perhaps more importantly the Panthers moved on to face Hood River Valley in the league semifinals. Meanwhile, the Cowboys finished the year with a 1-13 record.

Redmond 11, Crook County 5

Crook County – 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 – 5 6 1

Redmond – 2 2 2 2 2 1 x – 11 14 1


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