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Buffs hammer Corbett but run into tough pitching when they take on North Marion

LON AUSTIN  - Michael Belgard was sharp on the mound for the White Buffalos against Corbett. The Madras baseball team opened the season last week with a 2-1 record.

The White Buffalos rolled past Corbett 30-0 at home on Monday, whipped the Cardinals again 17-2 on the road Wednesday, before falling 11-1 to North Marion on the road on Thursday.

Monday, Michael Belgard pitched three innings, striking out six while allowing just two hits in the shut-out victory. Dru Boyle came in to pitch the fourth and final inning, giving up just one hit.

Meanwhile, Corbett pitchers struggled with control, walking 13 batters. The White Buffalos took advantage of those walks to score four runs in the first inning despite not getting a hit.

Madras bats started to come to life in the second inning as the White Buffalos scored five runs in the inning on three hits, including triples by Nathan Stout and Boyle.

However, it was in the third inning when the White Buffalo offense shifted into high gear. Madras pounded 13 hits in the inning as the White Buffalos scored 21 runs in the inning. When the Cardinals were unable to score in the top of the fourth inning the game was stopped due to the 10-run rule.

Boyle finished the game with four hits, while Stout and Cael White each had two.

Wednesday, the White Buffalos scored three runs in the top half of the first to take control of the game.

Corbett scored a run in the bottom half of the inning. Then, after neither team scored in the second inning, Madras exploded for 12 runs in the top of the third to break the game wide open. Madras scored two more runs in the top of the fifth, while Corbett scored one in the bottom half of the inning before the game was once again stopped because of the 10-run rule. Madras finished with 11 hits in the game, to just one for the Cardinals.

Boyle, Jacob Hulsey, T.J. Stout and Ayden Holcomb each had two hits in the contest, while Holcomb and Boyle each finished with three RBIs.

Boyle, Reece White, Carson King and Ethan Graeme combined to strike out 13 batters in the five innings, with White striking out six and King four.

Thursday was a different matter as Madras managed just three hits against strong North Marion pitching. Meanwhile, the Huskies used eight hits and a pair of Madras errors to score 11 runs in the five-inning game. Boyle, Reece White and Cael White had the three Madras hits, while Boyle scored the White Buffalo's lone run on an RBI by Reece White.

Madras and North Marion played again in Madras on Monday. The White Buffalos then host Gladstone today and go on the road to play the Gladiators on Thursday.


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