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The Cowboys got their own offense going, but they couldn't shut down the Buckaroos' bats in last week's season finale.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Tyis Yustat hits a ball for the Crook County Cowboys baseball team earlier this season. The Cowboys finished with a record of 3-12 in league play and 6-20 overall.

The Crook County High School baseball team fell behind early before its late rally come up short in a 10-5 loss to the Pendleton Buckaroos on Tuesday, May 17, in Pendleton.

"Offensively, we were OK," said Crook County assistant coach Frank Martinez. "We hit the ball really well."

After a scoreless first inning, the Cowboys gave up seven runs in the second inning as Pendleton broke open the game. Pendleton added a run in the third inning and a ninth run in the fourth as it looked like the Buckaroos were on their way to a blowout win.

The Cowboys responded with a run of their own in the top of the fifth inning to make the score 9-1. However, Pendleton added their tenth and final run in the bottom half of the inning.

Crook County responded with four runs in the top of the sixth inning, and according to Martinez, the Cowboys should have had more.

"We had some base running errors that got us," he said. "We had a runner got thrown out at second base, and another runner who rounded third and tried to go home and they threw us out at home. We only had one out at the time, so that really hurt us."

Crook County finished with nine hits in the game, compared to 10 for the Buckaroos. The Cowboys started Austin Vaughan on the mound, replacing him in the second following Pendleton's offensive outburst. Cody Knudtson then pitched the middle portion of the game, and although he gave up three runs Martinez said that he pitched well. Tyis Yustat pitched the final inning and two thirds and shut down the Buckaroos the remainder of the way.

Ben Allen had a pair of hits for the Cowboys, while Gage Martinez, Mitch Warren, Hayden Forman, Tyson Martinez, Dustin Wilson and Clayton Dill each had hits for the Cowboys. Forman scored Crook County's first run, while Vaughan, Wilson, Tyson Martinez and Yustat each scored in the sixth.

With the loss, Crook County finishes the season with a 3-12 league record and a 6-20 overall mark, while the Buckaroos finish in second place in the Intermountain Conference with a 11-4 record in league and a 15-9 overall mark.

The Buckaroos advance to the first round of the state playoffs, where they will host Corvallis on Wednesday, May 25.


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