Buffs cruise to victory after two tough losses
Buffalo baseball cruised to a much needed 16-0 victory over Corbett on Friday, April 20.
Jared Holliday pitched a complete game, only allowing three hits and striking out three batters in five innings.
Madras and Corbett were both held scoreless in the first inning. The Buffalos were anything but scoreless in the second inning, scoring 10 runs.
The bases were loaded for Madras when Holliday was hit by a pitch, allowing teammate Kody Zemke to walk home. Tyler Lockey hit a ground ball past the third baseman to score Liam White.
Lewis Fine stepped up to the plate with the bases still loaded for the Buffalos. Fine hit a big shot to deep right field for a three-run triple.
"It felt good to have the confidence back and hit the ball," said Fine.
Madras thought the excitement was over after Fine hit his triple, they were wrong. Kanim Smith stepped in the batter's box with a runner on third and blasted a home run, hitting the old scoreboard.
"Lewis hit that triple and then we hit the home run; I think after that, everyone knew we could hit the ball well," said Smith.
White was the next batter to crush the ball into the outfield. White hit an RBI double in between right and center field, hitting the Jacoby Ellsbury sign in one hop off the warning track. Jeremiah Devore hit White home with a triple of his own to left field.
Brandon Desjardins kept things rolling with a double to center field, scoring the Buffalos' 10th run of the inning. The Buffs went up 10-0 heading into the third inning.
Smith hit two more RBIs in the third inning to give the Buffs a 12-0 lead.
"This game was huge; we needed this something to make us believe we are still doing good. These could be my last 10 games and I am going to give it my all," said Smith.
In the fourth inning, Lockey hit a double to left field to put runners on second and third. Fine hit a ground ball up the middle for a two-RBI single.
Rodriguez hit home fine with a shot to right field and another White Buffalos triple. Byron Patt hit a single RBI to left field to put the Buffalos way ahead 16-0. The game was ended in the fifth inning, due to the 10 run rule.
"This game got us back on the right track and it is a great way to come back, and keep on pushing forward with a lot of league games left. If we come out with the mentality that we did today, this team will do great things," Fine said.
Madras had three players hit triples in the game, Fine, Devore, and Rodriguez. Fine also had five RBIs and a single, while Devore and Rodriguez added an RBI each.
Smith contributed with one hit , that two-run homer, and ended the game with four RBIs.
"This was good for our guys; we want to peak at the end of the season," said McCormick. "In terms of confidence and getting hits, this was great for our guys. We played a good baseball game. Hopefully, we can ride this wave into next week and then, hopefully June."
Madras lost 13-3 in an away game, visiting Gladstone, Thursday, April 19.
Kanim Smith hit a three-run home run for the White Buffalos.
"Gladstone hit a bunch of singles, we did not hold the runners very well and we fell behind, McCormick stated. "We just did not play a very crisp game."
"Gladstone has good players, they are well coached and they play hard," said McCormick. "They are a top 10 opponent. I need to see our club play better against high a high quality team like that. When the playoffs come in a few weeks those are the kind of teams we are going to find ourselves playing, so we have to do better."
Madras baseball had a tough loss against Gladstone, Tuesday, April 17. The Buffalos lost at home 8-3 to the Gladiators.
The Gladiators scored first with an RBI pop out to left field from Derek Lee in the first inning.
The first batter up in the bottom of the first inning was Lockey, who delivered a triple to deep right field to get things going. Smith hit home Lockey with a pop out to center field to tie the game at one apiece.
With one out and bases loaded in the top of the second inning, Lee hit another RBI pop out, this time to center field. Gladstone took the lead back 2-1.
Lockey hit a double in the bottom of the third inning to shallow right field, putting the Buffs in scoring position. Rodriguez hit Lockye with a shot to deep center field for a double. The score was 2-2 heading into the top of the fourth.
Lee hit his third RBI of the game for the Gladiators, with a ground ball between first and second. The Gladiators took the lead once more, 3-2.
The Buffs kept fighting to tie the game back up, 3-3. Senior Brandon Desjardins hit home teammate Zemke with a base hit to shallow right field.
The top of the fifth inning was when the momentum started to shift in Gladstone's favor. With two outs and the bases loaded, Damian Alvarado hit a three-RBI double to deep left field to deflate the Buffalos. Gladstone went up 6-3 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning.
"Alvarado is a good player; we made an error on the eighth batter and walked the ninth batter to make the bases loaded for their lead-off hitter in an inning that should have already been over," McCormick said.
The Gladiators scored two more runs the rest of the game. Jackson Simmons hit an RBI in the sixth inning and Matthew Lehrbach hit one in the seventh inning to give the Gladiators the win 8-3.
"We did not take care of the baseball or command the strike zone," said McCormick. "A lot of runs scored were because we put them on base."
Lockey ended the game hitting a triple and a double. Smith and Desjardins hit a single and an RBI and Rodriguez had two hits, one for a double and an RBI.
"Minus North Marion, I don't believe there is a team that has beat us yet and that is what is so encouraging about these guys," said McCormick.
"It is all in between their ears; if they show up and play the way they are capable of and believe in each other, they can do great things," said McCormick. "It's the mental part; it is the biggest part in baseball and were working on that."