Crook County Cowboys High School summer team having a busy season on the diamond
It has a busy couple of weeks for the Crook County High School summer baseball team.
Two weeks ago, the Cowboys played six games in six days. Then, this week, the team played two more games — making eight games in 12 days.
The busy schedule started on Tuesday, June 21, as Crook County fell to Ridgeview 11-3. The next day, the team was at Madras where they took an early lead, but gave up a lot of runs late in the game as the White Buffalos came from behind to win 16-6.
Thursday, June 23, the Cowboys traveled to Bend for a three-day tournament. Crook County opened the tournament in fine fashion, edging the host Bend Lava Bears 8-6. In Friday's game, Crook County took on La Grande and had plenty of opportunities to win, before falling 5-1.
Coach Frank Martinez said that the team probably should have won the game, as they had plenty of baserunners but struggled to score. The team left the bases loaded twice without scoring a run in either inning.
Then, on Sunday, June 26, Crook County lost in just five innings to Glencoe in a game that was shortened due to the 10-run rule. Crook County closed out the week falling 8-5 to Sparks, Nevada.
Despite going just 1-3 in the tournament, Crook County still finished in sixth place in the 20-team tournament due to run differential.
"The guys did good," Martinez said. "They got experience and hit the ball well. They are scoring runs and they are competing. We just ran out of pitchers."
Crook County was originally scheduled to play Redmond and Ridgeview this past week. Instead, the team played Caldera and Bend, both in Bend. On Tuesday, June 28, the Cowboys held on to defeat Caldera 11-9, before falling to Bend 4-0 on Thursday, June 30.
Martinez said that Benny Allen, Tyis Yustat, Trenton Tucker and Clayton Dill all hit the ball well over the two-week period.
With so many games in such a short period of time, pitching was an issue for the Cowboys. However, this past week Dustin Wilson pitched well against Caldera as the Cowboys built an early lead. Gage Martinez also pitched well in the loss at Bend, giving up four earned runs but striking out seven batters in the loss.
Crook County has now won seven games during the summer — one more than they won during the entire regular season.
The team closes out the summer on Tuesday, July 5, in Bend, when they take on Mountain View in a 6 p.m. contest.
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