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After two victories over the Indians, Madras loses a tight one against Estacada

LON AUSTIN  - Isarael Penaloza slides in safe at home against Molalla in the Buffs' 16-2 win.The Madras White Buffalos baseball team took a pair of games from Molalla this past week but suffered a heartbreaking loss to Estacada late in the week.

Monday on the road, the White Buffalos took nine innings before finally coming out on top of the Indians 5-4. Wednesday, they took care of business, rolling past the Indians 16-2. Thursday, Madras had a chance to win at home against Estacada but gave up an early lead before falling 12-11 to the Rangers.

On Monday, Molalla scored a run in the second to take the lead. However, Madras came back to score two in the fourth and one in the fifth to go ahead 3-1. Molalla came back in the bottom half of the fifth to tie the game 3-3. That's the way it stayed until the ninth when Madras scored a pair of runs. Still, it wasn't easy as the Indians came back to score a run in the bottom of the ninth to make the game close.

"For us, it was huge," said Madras head coach Jerry Shaw. "We came off our top two league opponents with North Marion and Gladstone. They are good ballclubs with quality pitching up and down, and we battled through that. It was a little tough, so finding a way to come back and win a game on the road against a league opponent, that was huge."

It wasn't a clean game for either team as Madras finished with six errors and the Indians had five. Carson King pitched five and a third inning for Madras, striking out eight and giving up just one hit. Ethan Graeme finished out the contest, pitching three and a third inning and striking out nine while giving up just two hits.

Meanwhile, Madras picked up six hits in the game as Nathan Stout went 2-5, and Reece White, Ayden Holcomb, Cael White and Graeme each picked up a hit in the game.

Wednesday at home, Madras came out hot, scoring four in the bottom of the first inning. Molalla came back to make the game close with a pair of runs in the second. However, from then on it was all Madras as the White Buffalos scored two in the second, two in the third, and eight in the fourth, while holding Molalla scoreless the rest of the game as the contest was shortened to five innings due to the 10-run rule.

Reece White battled through early control problems, walking six and hitting one batter. However, he gave up just one hit, struck out seven, and was able to pitch a complete game for the White Buffalos.

Meanwhile, Madras batters blasted 12 hits, and aggressive baserunning led to seven stolen bases and also forced eight errors from Molalla defenders.

Dru Boyle finished with three hits for Madras, while Holcomb had two hits, including a triple. Graeme also had two hits with a double and a single. Isarael Penaloza, Jacob Hulsey, Jordan Mitchell, Stout and Cael White each had a hit for the White Buffalos.

"We needed to put pressure on the opponent. That's what we have been preaching," Shaw said of his team's hitting and base running. "If we are aggressive in the box, and we are hitting the ball, and we are making contact, it makes them have to make the plays and then we are just running down the base line. If we can get the bat on the ball and get pressure on them, it makes all the difference in the world."

Thursday, the White Buffalos still hit the ball well, but committed too many errors to win the game.

Madras had their chances, breaking on top early with four runs in the first. The White Buffalos added three more runs in the second to build a 7-0 lead.

However, Estacada answered with three in the fourth and three more in the fifth. Madras added two runs of their own in the fifth. However, Estacada picked up another run in the sixth to push their lead to 11-9. Madras was up to the challenge, scoring a pair of runs in the seventh to tie the game. But, it wasn't enough as Estacada scored a run in the bottom half of the eighth to win the game.

Madras blasted 17 hits in the contest as Graeme went 4-5 at the plate with a pair of doubles. Penaloza and Holcomb each had good games at the plate as well, with three hits each, including a pair of doubles by Holcomb. Mitchell had two hits in the game, while Boyle, Hulsey and Stout each added hits.

Estacada also hit the ball well with 14 hits in the contest, but they also took advantage of six walks by Madras pitchers and seven White Buffalo errors to score just enough runs to win the slugfest.

Madras had their chances, breaking on top early with four runs in the first. The White Buffalos added three more runs in the second to build a 7-0 lead.

However, Estacada answered with three in the fourth and three more in the fifth. Madras added two runs of their own in the fifth. However, Estacada picked up another run in the sixth to push their lead to 11-9. Madras was up to the challenge, scoring a pair of runs in the seventh to tie the game. But, it wasn't enough as Estacada scored a run in the bottom half of the eighth to win the game.

Estacada and Madras played again on Monday in Estacada. The White Buffalos are on the road again on Wednesday against North Marion, before returning home on Thursday to take on Gladstone.


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