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The Madras baseball team advances to the quarterfinals after beating Astoria 13-9 in extra innings.

MADRAS HIGH SCHOOL - The Madras baseball team beat Astoria 13-9 in 11 innings.The White Buffalo baseball team traveled to Astoria for their first round playoff game and won a crazy close, back-and-forth game in the 11th inning, 13-11.

Lockey, Patt, Kanim Smith and Rodriguez all pitched for the Buffs. The four combined for seven strikeouts in 11 innings.

Madras scored two runs in the top of the first inning, one of them driven in by Smith on a double. Astoria managed to score one run in both the first inning and second innings.

Lockey, who started on the mound in the first two innings for Madras, was ejected from the game with an illegal slide in the third inning as the Buffs were batting. The umpires gave Astoria a run for the illegal slide by Lockey.

"There was a hit, the shortstop fielded it, made a good throw to home and Lockey tried to avoid the tag by jumping over the catcher," said coach McCormick. "If you jump over someone it is an automatic run (for the other team)."

"We kept trying to play on, not trying to dwell on it," said Smith.

Since Lockey was ejected, Patt replaced him on the mound, while Kody Zemke came out of the dugout to field Patt's position.

"I had to try and step up in a big game, big situation and throw strikes and let my team handle it," said Patt.

Madras and Astoria were held scoreless in the third and fourth innings, but the two teams combined for nine runs in the fifth inning.

Kyle Brooks and Brandon Desjardins were walked and Rodriguez hit a single, helping load the bases for sophomore Zemke, who cleared the bases with a three-RBI double. The White Buffalos took an 8-2 lead, heading into the bottom of the fifth inning.

"(Zemke) came up with some big time clutch hits," said McCormick. "It was really cool to see."

"I was not expecting to play much that game and Lockey going out really hurt us," said Zemke. "I just tried to step up, give it my all and prove that I am really supposed to be out here. I think our mindset and team bonding is one of the reasons why we are hitting so well."

Astoria's Burke Mathews, William Reed and Daniel Johnson each recorded an RBI, helping the Fighting Fishermen cut the Buffs' lead down 8-5.

Smith came into pitch for Patt in the sixth inning.

"We felt confident with Kanim (Smith) on the mound and were hitting the ball well," said Patt.

But Astoria managed to tie the game 8-8, scoring two runs in the sixth and one in the bottom of the seventh inning, sending the game into extra innings.

In the ninth inning, Zemke stepped up to the plate and hit an RBI single, and Madras took a 9-8 lead. The Fishermen scored tied the game backup 9-9 at the end of the ninth inning.

"Astoria had runners on third on three different occasions and we were able to shut them down," said McCormick.

In the top of the 11th, Jeremiah Devore hit a single to get things going and Desjardins, up to bat next, hit a big shot to the fence for an RBI double.

"Our team batters, one through four, I do not believe there is a team in the state better than us," McCormick said. "The game we are really successful in, is when our six, seven, eight and nine come up and do some work."

Astoria decided to intentionally walk Zemke because of his big hitting night and Smith decided 11 innings were enough, hitting a three-run homer, putting the Buffs up by four.

"You could see the air come out of those guys (Astoria)," McCormick said. "They were a well-coached team, a good team, but they just could not hang with us at that point."

Smith pitched in the bottom of the 11th, but was close to going over his pitch count, so they decided to pitch Rodriguez to finish the game. Astoria hit a ground ball for the third out, giving the Madras White Buffalos a 13-9 11-inning victory.

"Once Kanim (Smith) hit that home run, it just gave everyone an extra boost of confidence in finishing the game," Patt said.

"There was a lot of times we could have put our heads down, but our team kept with it, kept each other up and stuck with it," said Patt.

"We did pretty good, going up against a high ranked team like that," said Smith. "We barely made any mistakes and came through."

Zemke and Smith led the way for the Buffs. Smith ended the game 5-for-7, with two doubles, a home run and four RBIs and Zemke went 3-for-4 with a double and four RBIs.

Lockey was 2-for-2 with a double, before having to leave the game, Lewis Fine added two hits and Desjardins recorded one hit and two RBIs.

Madras had 17 hits in the day and 13 RBIs, with only one error fielding.

They advanced to the second round of the playoffs, traveling to the No. 2 ranked North Marion Huskies -- 21-4, overall. The Buffs lost 6-4 in extra innings to the Huskies earlier in the season.not trying to dwell on it," said Smith.

Since Lockey was ejected, the Buffs took Kody Zemke out of the dugout and put Patt on the mound.

"I had to try and step up in a big game, big situation and throw strikes and let my team handle it," said Patt.

Madras and Astoria were held scoreless in the third and fourth innings, but the two teams combined for nine runs scored in the fifth inning.

Kyle Brooks and Brandon Desjardins were walked and Rodriguez hit a single, helping load the bases for sophomore Zemke, who cleared the bases with a three-RBI double. The White Buffalos took an 8-2 lead, heading into the bottom of the fifth inning.

"(Zemke) came up with some big time clutch hits," said McCormick. "It was really cool to see."

"I was not expecting to play much that game and Lockey going out really hurt us," said Zemke. "I just tried to step up, give it my all and prove that I am really supposed to be out here. I think our mindset and team bonding is one of the reasons why we are hitting so well."

Astoria's Burke Mathews, William Reed and Daniel Johnson each recorded an RBI, helping the Fighting Fishermen cut the Buffs' lead down 8-5.

Smith came into pitch for Patt in the sixth inning.

"We felt confident with Kanim (Smith) on the mound and were hitting the ball well," said Patt.

But Astoria managed to tie the game 8-8, scoring two runs in the sixth and one in the bottom of the seventh inning, sending the game into extra innings.

In the ninth inning, Zemke stepped up to the plate and hit an RBI single, and Madras took a 9-8 lead. The Fishermen scored tied the game backup 9-9 at the end of the ninth inning.

"Astoria had runners on third in three different occasions and we were able to shut them down," said McCormick.

In the top of the 11th, Jeremiah Devore hit a single to get things going and Desjardins, up to bat next, hit a big shot to the fence for an RBI double.

"Our team batters, one through four, I do not believe there is a team in the state better than us," McCormick said. "The game we are really successful in, is when our six, seven, eight and nine come up and do some work."

Astoria decided to intentionally walk Zemke because of his big hitting night and Smith decided 11 innings were enough, hitting a three-run homer, putting the Buffs up by four.

"You could see the air come out of those guys (Astoria)," McCormick said. "They were a well-coached team, a good team, but they just could not hang with us at that point."

Smith pitched in the bottom of the 11th, but was close to going over his pitch count, so they decided to pitch Rodriguez to finish the game. Astoria hit a ground ball for the third out, giving the Madras White Buffalos a 13-9 11-inning victory.

"Once Kanim (Smith) hit that home run, it just gave everyone an extra boost of confidence in finishing the game," Patt said.

"There was a lot of times we could have put our heads down, but our team kept with it, kept each other up and stuck with it," said Patt.

"We did pretty good, going up against a high ranked team like that," said Smith. "We barely made any mistakes and came through."

Zemke and Smith led the way for the Buffs. Smith ended the game 5-for-7, with two doubles, a home run and four RBIs and Zemke went 3-for-4 with a double and four RBIs.

Lockey was 2-for-2 with a double, before having to leave the game, Lewis Fine added two hits and Desjardins recorded one hit and two RBIs.

Madras had 17 hits on the day and 13 RBIs, with only one error fielding.

They advanced to the second round of the playoffs, traveling to the No. 2 ranked North Marion Huskies — 21-4, overall. The Buffs lost 6-4 in extra innings to the Huskies earlier in the season.

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