Buffs lose in extra innings
The Madras softball team lost a hard-fought game in extra innings May 17. The White Buffalos lost their play-in game 2-1 against North Bend.
Last week, the Buffalos beat Crook County in their last game of the season; the 19-16 victory helped them reach the postseason.
The team traveled to face the No. 11-ranked North Bend team (21-5 overall), taking them into deep waters.
The Buffs' Mary Olney scored the first run of the game in the top of the fifth inning. The Buffs held the lead all the way up to the bottom of the seventh inning, when North Bend managed to tie the game up, sending the game to extra innings.
Madras and North Bend were both held scoreless in the eighth inning. North Bend scored in the bottom of the ninth inning to secure a 2-1 win over the Buffalos.
"If you have to go out, what a way to do it," said coach Shawna McConnell. "We showed excellent effort and no quit by our girls. The team didn't adjust to the pitcher soon enough, didn't hit the way we wanted, but not for lack of intensity or drive. They were determined."
"Defensively we played beautifully," she said. "The two errors we had were not costly. North Bend had the bases loaded a couple times, or runners in scoring position, but we came up with bang-bang plays. Mary (Olney) had some great clutch catches that kept runners from advancing."
"Cheydon (Herkshan) was at first base, then moved to right field when Lizzie (Steuart) came out to pitch," McConnell said. "She had an awesome play, snagging a tough line drive in right center field, then coming up with the throw to Lizzie, who cut it and threw out the runner, who was far off second base after her tag up."
"We were one out away from the win in the bottom of the seventh inning, but they pulled out a run," she said. "They still didn't quit. Just amazing team effort. I am so very proud of this group of girls."
Olney finished the game batting 2-for-3 and Steuart and Ashanti Quintana each recorded a hit for the Buffs.
Jiana Smith-Francis and Steuart both pitched for the White Buffalos, combining for five strikeouts in nine innings pitched.
The softball team ended the season 12-11 overall, and 8-7 in the TVC.