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The Crook County baseball team was able to grab a victory off The Dalles, but errors cost them two potential league wins.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Crook County sophomore Hayden Forman pitched for the Cowboys on Tuesday, May 3, against Ridgeview and grabbed a hit during the team's 13-11 win over The Dalles in the opener of a doubleheader on Friday, May 6.

The Crook County High School baseball team finished the week with a 1-2 record on the diamond this week, falling to Ridgeview on Tuesday, May 3, and then splitting a doubleheader at The Dalles on Friday, May 6.

Errors proved costly to the Cowboys on Tuesday, as they lost 7-5 to the Ravens while giving up a pair of unearned runs.

"We gave it away," said Crook County head coach Jay Knudtson.

The Cowboys quickly jumped on top against Ridgeview, scoring a pair of runs in the top of the first inning. However, the Ravens responded with three runs in the first and three more in the second inning to gain control of the game. Ridgeview added a seventh run in the fourth inning, before the Cowboys fought back with a run in the sixth and two in the seventh. The offensive surge proved to be too little, too late, as the Ravens held on for the win.

Cowboy pitchers Tyson Martinez, Dustin Wilson and Hayden Forman combined to limit Ridgeview hitters to nine hits in the contest, while walking just two. Meanwhile, Ridgeview pitchers allowed just three hits for the Cowboys. Logan Faust and Mitch Warren each ripped doubles, and Tyis Yustat had a single in the contest.

On Friday in The Dalles, the Cowboys won the opener 13-11 before dropping the second game 12-3.

In the first game, the Cowboys blasted 15 hits as they exploded for 13 runs in the contest.

Once again, Crook County took an early lead, scoring a run in the top of the first inning. However, The Dalles responded with three runs in the bottom of the first. That lead didn't last long, as Crook County exploded back for six runs in the top of the second to take control of the game. The Cowboys added a run in the third, three in the fourth and two in the fifth, while The Dalles scored a run in the third, four in the fourth, and three more in the sixth.

The Cowboys used five pitchers in the win, with Yustat pitching most of the first four innings, giving up nine hits and six runs while striking out five and walking three. Kody Knudtson, Easton Perrin and Carson Knudtson pitched the remaining combining to limit The Dalles batters to just two hits in the final three and a third innings.

Ben Allen had a double and a single for the Cowboys with a pair of RBIs in the game, while Warren had two singles and three RBIs, Martinez had three singles and a pair of RBIs, and Faust had three singles and an RBI. Clayton Dill added a pair of singles and an RBI, while Austin Vaughan and Forman each added a single.

"We really played very well," Knudtson said.

In the second game, the Cowboys once again scored a run in the first inning. However, after that it was all Riverhawks. The Dalles took the lead for good with three runs in the first inning, then added three more in the second as they seized control of the game.

The Cowboys finished with seven hits in the game, while The Dalles had eight. However, the difference in the game was walks and strikeouts. Cowboy pitchers walked nine batters while striking out just two. Meanwhile, The Dalles pitching struck out eight while walking just four.

Adding to the problems, Crook County also committed three errors in the contest, while the Riverhawks committed none.

Vaughan had three singles in the game, while Faust had a pair of hits and two RBIs. Warren and Perrin had the remaining two Crook County hits.

Crook County is now 3-8 in league and 6-16 overall, while Ridgeview improved to 6-4 in the IMC and 13-6 overall, while The Dalles is now 1-10 in league play and 3-17 on the season.

The Dalles and Crook County will play again today, May 10, in Prineville, with game time scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. The Cowboys then do not play again until Saturday, May 14, when they host the Pendleton Buckaroos (11-8, 7-3 IMC) in a doubleheader. The first game is set to begin at noon, with the second game to follow 20 minutes after the conclusion of Game 1.


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