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After taking a pair from Molalla, White Buffalos to miss their next three games; last home game May 19

LON AUSTIN  - Valerie Alonso cranks out a home run in a White Buffalo earlier-season game against Gladstone.  The Madras White Buffalo softball team took a pair of wins last week.

However, Madras was unable to play their Thursday matchup with Estacada and will miss at least their next three games as much of the team is in a mandated COVID quarantine.

Monday, April 26, the White Buffalos hosted the Molalla Indians and came away with an 8-2 win. Wednesday, the White Buffalos played the Indians again, this time in Molalla, and came out on top with a tight 6-5 victory.

Monday, the White Buffalos jumped out on top with a run in the bottom of the first inning. Madras extended their lead to 2-0 with another run in the third. However, Molalla came back to tie the game, scoring a pair of runs in the top of the sixth inning.

With the game on the line, Madras exploded for six runs in the bottom half of the inning to take control of the game.

Hope King pitched a complete game, striking out eight and giving up just four hits as she earned the win.

"Flawless defense backed a great day in the circle for King," Madras head coach Shawna McConnell said. "We finally strung some hits together in the bottom of the sixth led by an RBI single from Marilyn Tom and then some fireworks from Valerie Alonso with her grand slam homerun. Overall, it was a great team effort."

Madras blasted 11 hits in the contest. Tom went 3-3 in the contest with two RBIs, while Alonso went 3-4 with a double and her grand slam homerun. Jayden Davis, King, Kathryce Danzuka, Hannah Holliday and Fiona White all each added a hit.

Wednesday, April 28, the Indians gave Madras all they could handle, but the White Buffalos still found a way to win.

Madras jumped on top with four runs in the first inning. However, Molalla came storming back with three runs in the bottom half of the inning. Madras added a run each in the sixth and seventh inning, but then had to hang on as the Indians scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh to close to within a run.

"Molalla was definitely better than we anticipated, and we did not have quite the offensive game we normally do," McConnell said. "But they didn't stop battling. These girls play their game, and they can beat anyone in the league."

Tom, Danzuka and King all pitched in the game, with Danzuka doing most of the pitching and picking up the win.

Offensively, the White Buffalos finished with nine hits in the game to seven for Molalla. Jayden Davis, King and Danzuka each went 2-4 at the plate, while Delaney Vibbert, Rylan Davis and Lily Moses each added a hit.

With the wins, the White Buffalos improved to 5-3 on the year, while Molalla fell to 2-7.

Madras was scheduled to play a pair of games with Estacada and a game with Corbett this week. However, with players in quarantine, they are no longer scheduled to play until Wednesday, May 12, when they are scheduled to host Molalla in a 4:30 p.m. game.

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