Buffs fall to Corbett, route North Marion
The Madras White Buffalo softball team started the opening week of the season slowly, but seemed to be rounding into form by the end of the week.
On the road Monday, April 12, Madras fell to Corbet 14-2 in a game that was called at the end of five innings due to the 10-run rule. However, Madras gave the Cardinals all they could handle Wednesday in Madras as the two teams played into extra innings before Corbett came away with a 7-5 win.
Then, on Thursday, the White Buffalo offense shifted into high gear as Madras rolled past North Marion 15-0 in four innings.
Monday the White Buffalos took an early lead with a run in the top of the first. However, Corbett exploded for nine runs in the bottom of the second to take control of the game.
"One bad inning," said Madras head coach Shawna McConnell. "We had a couple of errors followed by a bunch of walks."
Madras finished with five hits in the game, while Corbett rapped out nine hits. The White Buffalos also committed four errors. Delaney Vibbert had a single and scored a run for Madras, while Natalie Lockey had a triple and the other Madras run. Hope King went 2-3 at the plate with an RBI single.
Wednesday in Madras was a totally different situation. The White Buffalos jumped on top with two runs in the first and one in the second. However, like Monday, Madras gave up a big inning as the Cardinals exploded for five runs in the third.
Madras pushed across a run in the fifth and another in the sixth to tie the game, before Corbett scored two runs in the top of the eighth to earn the win.
The White Buffalos finished with nine hits in the contest to just six for Corbett. But, Madras committed eight errors while Corbett played an error free game.
"Another bad inning with too many errors," McConnell said. "We have a lot of inexperience on the field with only three returning varsity girls and it showed situationally defensively, but there were still a lot of heads up plays from our veteran players."
Vibbert went 2-2 in the game and scored two runs, while King went 3-4 with an RBI single and a run scored.
On Thursday, the White Buffalos took control early, scoring 10 runs in the bottom of the first inning. Madras blasted 12 hits in the game while White Buffalo pitching held the Huskies to just two hits.
Jayden Davis pitched the entire game, while Hannah Holliday did a good job of directing the Madras defense from behind the plate.
Vibbert went 3-4 at the plate with a pair of doubles, Davis also went 3-4 with a single, a double and a triple, while Marilyn Tom went 2-3 with a triple.
"We hit consistent and aggressive on offense and played a very clean defensive game," McConnell said. "This is a good group of girls. They work hard. They listen. They are coachable, so I see a lot more improvement as we go through league. They've got talent. They've got heart and if we clean up some things defensively, these girls can compete with anybody in the league."
The White Buffalos Madras played at North Marion on Monday and won 15-0 in five innings. They are on the road today against Gladstone, which beat Corbett 6-0 Monday. The White Buffalos return home on Thursday when they host Gladstone in a 4:30 p.m. contest.
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