Madras baseball shuts down Corbett in 9-0 win
The Madras baseball team scored five runs in the second inning, helping them secure a 9-0 home victory in Saturday's senior night game against Corbett.
The White Buffalos celebrated seven seniors in their last home league game May 12. Kanim Smith, Lewis Fine, Tyler Lockey, Cameron Rodriguez, Jared Holliday, Brandin Desjardins and Kyle Brooks were all seniors on this year's baseball team.
Holliday pitched all seven innings for the Buffs, allowing only two hits and striking out three batters. Holliday finished the season 7-0 in league, with a 0.969 ERA pitching.
"Pitching comes easy when you have confidence in the guys behind you," Holliday said. "Throwing strikes is all it was, nothing special. These guys make it easy and fun."
Lockey started things off in the bottom of the first inning, hitting a line drive triple to center field. Smith knocked Lockey home, with a deep fly ball caught by the right fielder. Rodriguez also hit a triple to the warning track in center field, helping the Buffs take a 1-0 lead.
"To keep our defense clean, we need to keep working hard and have a mental approach that we are not going to mess up," said Rodriguez.
Brooks hit a single to shallow center, and Desjardins to shallow left, to start the second inning. In some confusion a couple plays later, Desjardins was caught in a pickle and juked out the shortstop to make it back to second base safely. Brooks took advantage of the chaos and stole home, beating the throw to the catcher.
"When I saw Brandin juke out that shortstop, I tried to capitalize and just decided to try make it home," Brooks said.
Fine stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded and delivered a shot to center field for a three-RBI triple. Smith scored Fine with a ground ball up the middle, allowing the Buffs to take a 6-0 lead after the first two innings.
"When it came to hitting, our approach early was not (working) all that well, but once we sat back and drove the ball the other way, it started to get better," said Fine.
Smith stepped into the batter's box with the bases loaded and hit two runs home with a grounder to third. Brooks hit home a run with the bases loaded, helping the team take a 9-0 lead after the fourth inning.
"The team played good," said Smith. "We all went out here with a good approach, wanting to hit the ball."
The baseball teams plays No. 3 ranked, 3A La Pine (19-3, overall), Tuesday, after the Pioneer's deadline and will host a play-in game against Mazama, Thursday, May 17. The game begins at 4:30 p.m., at the Madras High School baseball fields.
"We need to go into the La Pine game confident, knowing we can beat them," Lockey said.
"For the play-in game, this team needs to stick to the approach of wanting to hit the ball and keep our minds right," Desjardins said.
The Madras baseball team lost to rival Crook County 7-3 in Thursday night's action.
Kanim Smith and Tyler Lockey pitched for the Buffs, combining for two strikeouts in seven innings.
Lockey was walked and Cameron Rodriguez singled to left to start the game for the Buffs. Smith hit a pop fly to the outfield for an out, but Lockey tagged up to score for Madras.
Kyle Knudtson hit an RBI single for Crook County, tying the game 1-1.
Sophomore Kody Zemke hit a single in the second inning, scoring Lewis Fine, and Lockey hit a solo home run in the bottom of third inning, giving the Buffalos a 3-1 lead.
The Cowboys scored two runs on errors and one run on a passed ball, getting the lead back at 4-3.
Crook County shut down the Buffalos the rest of the game and scored one run in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, giving them a 7-3 win.
"We made seven errors and then quit with a senior heavy team," said coach Sam McCormick. "That's not a battle that you should have to be fighting this late in the season. It's really concerning we have made 13 errors in two days."
"We have given up three earned runs in the past two games combined and we are 0-2," he said. "Yeah, it's really worrisome, but you have to have a short memory in baseball and come out and do it again. I think the problem is we didn't play the game right."
"Maybe I should be more vigilant of them, but it's not what I really pay attention to," McCormick said. "I pay attention to our guys, what we can control and what we can control is playing better baseball."
"We are playing Corbett Saturday and then La Pine is going to come up on next Tuesday, so we will get a couple more games in and just get to keep working," he said. "You know baseball is a game that is meant to be played every day. The worst part about this time of year is practice."
"We wanted to come and beat them; it's always fun to beat Crook County," said Lockey. "It's not too disappointing; we will just move on to the next one — just be more focused and cut down on our mistakes."