Big fourth inning help Buffs beat Cowboys
Madras baseball beat Crook County, 7-4, Friday, April 27 at home.
Bryon Patt pitched four and a half innings, striking out five batters and Tyler Lockey closed out the game, pitching two and a half innings, striking out four batters.
The White Buffalos had a couple errors early in the first inning to help the Cowboys take a 2-0 lead.
Madras came back quick, tying the game at two a piece in the bottom of the first. Kanim Smith hit an RBI off of a Crook County error and Lewis Fine hit an RBI grounder up the middle.
The Buffs scored one run in the third inning, from Kody Zemke getting hit with the ball from the Crook County pitcher, when the bases were loaded.
The Cowboys tied the game back up thanks to a solo home run from Heath Pickhardt. The game was 3-3 at the end of the fourth.
The fifth inning is when the Buffalo bats came to life. Patt hit the ball to shallow right to start things off for the White Buffalos. Jeremiah Devore was walked, putting runners on first and second for sophomore Kody Zemke.
Zemke crushed the ball to deep left field scoring both Patt and Devore. Cameron Rodriguez and Lockey both hit hard grounders that resulted in Cowboys errors and an RBI a piece. The Buffs took a 7-3 lead at the end of the fifth inning.
"That hit felt good, I was in a slump these last three games," said Zemke. "I went up their, telling myself was going to hit the ball, I put barrel on it and hit a double. We have confidence going into our next two games and I think we are about to get rolling again."
The Cowboys scored one run in the seventh from a past ball but could not handle the heat from Madras closer Lockey as the Buffs beat Crook County 7-3, to get their second win over the Cowboys this season.
"These past couple days, their has been no doubt we were going to win these ball games," said McCormick. "The first inning we threw a couple balls away and then after that we had a clean slate. This was good baseball."
"Our enemy is ourselves and we can't worry about our opponents, everyone in our league is good," said McCormick "If we play the game we can, with our pitchers throwing strikes, our defence taking care of the ball, batters having competitive bats, we can beat those teams and we have beaten those teams.
"I am really encouraged watching the way this team is playing right now, getting better and better," said McCormick. "With success, comes confidence and these guys are buying into the idea, that were going to keep getting better and not peek."