Short-handed Madras team goes 1-2 at home tournament
Following a 10-0 win over Tillamook in last Thursday's Madras spring break tournament opener, the White Buffalos were dealt a tough hand, as six players — five of them starters — were suspended five games by the OSAA for a related disciplinary incident that occurred between Thursday and Friday games.
The short-handed Buffs played without those six players in their following two games Friday and Saturday, and lost to Seaside and Taft, respectively.
But with a full roster, they beat Tillamook handily in a six-inning, 10-run rule game.
Jared Holliday was on the hill for the White Buffalos and made a statement early as he struck out five of the first six Tillamook batters. Junior Byron Patt kept his strong hitting going as he hit a ground ball up the middle to send home teammate Kyle Brooks.
"I'm just throwing it over the plate and having confidence in the guys behind me, make them hit them ball and have confidence in my teammates," said Holliday. "We came out mentally prepared. It doesn't matter what opponent you have they're going to give you their best and you have to give them yours."
"Holliday is a guy we never expected to pitch," said head coach Sam McCormick. "He ate some summer ball games up and he kept throwing strikes. We ran him out against Ridgeview this year and he threw a lot strikes and was perfect through three and if you keep doing that, you are going to find yourself on the mound."
"He keeps going in there and pounding the zone, McCormick continued. "We are really proud of him."
Cameron Rodriguez started a big third inning for the Buffs with a ground ball up the middle. He was hit to third from a Tyler Lockey line-drive double. Lewis Fine saw what teammate Lockey did and continued that trend. He hit a line drive up the middle between first and second base to send Rodriguez home.
Sophomore standout Kody Zemke hit a big shot in the gap of center and right field for a two RBI double that sent both Lockey and Fine across home plate. The score was 4-0 heading into the top of the fourth inning.
Byron Patt was walked by the Cheesemaker pitcher and showed no hesitation as he ran to second for a stolen base. Rodriguez hit a deep fly ball to right field to advance Patt to third. Lockey hit home Patt with a ground ball that the Tillamook shortstop could not handle for a base hit.
Brandon Desjardins laid down a bunt right on the third base line to beat the throw to first in the bottom of the fifth inning. After Desjardins ran to second on a steal, Patt was hit by a pitch. Kanim Smith hit a line drive to center that led Desjardins to score. The Buffs ended the inning still in command 6-0.
Second basemen Lewis Fine made two of the three outs in the top of sixth inning to keep the Cheesemakers at bay. He fielded a hard grounder and caught a line drive to end the inning. Holliday finished the game on the mound and had seven strikeouts, only giving up two hits.
The White Buffalos took over the rest of the game scoring four runs to end the game in the bottom of the sixth inning. Fine hit a hard ball to short for his third hit of the game. Zemke move Fine to second with a base hit to shallow center.
"Started off a little slow, we needed to attack earlier in the count and not wait," Fine said when talking about the team's hitting. "Losing to the number one team in the state last game by that little, in a game we should have won, gave us a confidence boost and showed us what we can do."
Holliday hit a ground ball to load the bases for the Buffs. Liam White came in to pinch hit and did his job, as he hit a deep fly ball to left field to score Fine, who had tagged up. Brooks was walked by Tillamook pitcher Danny Webber.
Patt hit a hard grounder up the middle for a two RBI single, scoring Zemke and Holliday. Patt finished the game with three RBIs on two hits. Smith ended the game when he hit home Brooks with a base hit to short. Both Smith and Zemke recorded two RBIs for the day.
"The cool thing for us is we did not play our best and still did pretty good. The mistakes were all things we can work on and all things we can control. All the controllables are fixable and that is really good sign for us," said McCormick.
Seaside triple play shifts momentum in Buffs' 7-4 loss
Madras lost the second game of the Madras spring break tournament Friday March 30, 7-4 to the Seaside Seagulls.
Seaside scored first and took a 1-0 lead at the end of the first inning.
Tyler Lockey hit a ground ball past the shortstop to get things going for the Buffs. Freshman Nathan Stout advanced Lockey to second with a sacrifice bunt.
After a Lockey steal to third, he was hit home by Kody Zemke, to tie the game 1-1.
Freshman Jordan Mitchell gave Madras the lead, with a line drive to center, scoring Trent Mitchell. Madras took a 2-1 lead at the end of the second inning.
Seaside's Duncan Thompson laid down a sacrifice bunt to score fellow teammate Gage McFadden. Isaias Jantes hit an RBI single to score another Seagull home to take back the lead 3-2.
Stout found his way to third base after back-to-back steals to put the Buffs into scoring position. Jared Holliday hit a groundout RBI to score Stout from third. Lefty batter Liam White hit a shot up the middle to put the Buffs back up 4-3, in a back and forth start to the game.
Astor Landwehr hit a ball to shallow center and scored another run for Seaside, to tie the game. Ashton Boyd scored on a Madras pass ball, and Landwehr crossed home plate from a Thompson ground ball past shortstop. The three-run inning gave the Seagulls back the lead 6-4.
The Buffalos looked on the verge of scoring in the bottom of the fifth inning, with runners on first and second with no outs.
Madras tried to lay down a bunt and advance the runners. The bunt was popped up to Seaside pitcher Payton Westerholm who made a diving catch as the Madras runners were trying to steal. Westerholm threw the ball to the second baseman who threw it to first base for three outs and recorded a triple play.
After a walk and an error, Westerholm hit a ball to center field caught by center fielder Cameron Rodriguez, who threw the ball to second for a double play. With the runner on third, Landwehr tagged up and scored one more run for the Gulls. They extended their lead 7-4 at the end of the sixth inning.
Both teams were held scoreless in the seventh inning, to give a 7-4 Seaside victory.
Madras freshman Jordan Mitchell had three hits and one RBI. Sophomores Kody Zemke, and Liam White both recorded an RBI as well as senior Jared Holliday.
"All we talked about was brotherhood, comradery, having fun and playing for the guys next to you, said coach Sam McCormick. "We talked about how we were going to respond. Tough people respond to adversity in a positive way, weak people give in to adversity, and we will see tomorrow how tough we can be. That is our challenge for these guys."
Madras baseball could not complete comeback with their third loss of the season, against Taft 15-12, Saturday, March 31, at the Madras spring break tournament.
The Taft Tigers started the game off the game by scoring 10 runs in the first two innings.
Tyler Lockey hit a deep ball to center field for a double and was driven home by a Kody Zemke ground out in the first.
Liam White hit a grounder in the bottom of the second inning for a single. He was driven home by freshman teammate Seth Colton who hit a double to deep right field. The Buffalos were down 10-2 through two innings.
The Taft batter Josh Salsbery hit a triple to right field and then scored on a balk to make the score 11-2 at the bottom of the third.
Buffalo batter Jordan Mitchell beat the throw to first in a close grounder and stole to both second and third base. Kody Zemke kept his RBI streak going with a fly ball to shallow right field for a base hit and score Jordan Mitchell.
The Buffalos could not score with the bases loaded as they ended the third inning down 11-3.
The White Buffalos showed how tough they were with a big fourth inning.
Trent Mitchell and Nathan Stout were both walked and both stole to put themselves on second and third base. Zemke hit Trent Mitchell and Stout home with a two-RBI single to center field.
Cameron Rodriguez was safe at first after his hit bounced off the umpire's leg. White smacked a line drive ball to left field to score Zemke. Jared Holliday, Seth Colton, and Trent Mitchell were all walked to give Rodriguez and White free walks home.
Stout stepped up to the plate and hit a two-run RBI grounder, scoring Holliday, and Colton. Lockey was not phased by a Taft pitching change as he hit a grounder up the middle to score two more Buffalo runners.
Madras down by eight runs at the beginning of the inning, fought through adversity and scored a monster nine runs to take the lead 12-11 at the end of the fourth.
Taft and Madras were both held scoreless in the fifth and sixth inning.
The Tigers secured six hits in the seventh inning and had three runs to seal the game. The Buffalos could not get their bats going for a 15-12 loss.
The Buffs played Madison on Tuesday, and open Tri-Valley Conference play against Molalla on April 6.