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Dru Boyle comes on in relief to shut down the Falcons and White Buffalos take advantage of errors to advance in the 4A playoffs

TONY AHERN  - Catcher Cael White hangs on to this foul pop to end the Elmira sixth inning Saturday in Madras. The Buffalos won the 4a playoff game 11-4.Madras spotted Elmira four runs in the second inning then dominated the rest of the way to win the opening round 4A state baseball playoff game 11-4 in Madras Saturday, May 21.

Junior Dru Boyle came on to start the third inning for the Buffalo and quieted Elmira's offense, allowing just two hits the rest of the way. He also had a big day at the plate.

In the second, Elmira turned a walk then a double by Troy Anderson into their first run. They got two big two-strike hits to plate two more runs. A flare to left scored another before pitcher Ayden Holcomb got a ground out to retire the side.

That's when the Falcons' defense flew south, and Madras pounced. Four errors — included one in center field with the bases loaded — two walks and a wild pitch later gave Madras a 5-4 lead.

Coach Jerry Shaw brought in Boyle to pitch the third. Facing Elmira's third, fourth and fifth hitters, Boyle recorded two strikeouts then got Anderson to fly out to center.

Boyle walked to start the third for Madras, followed by a single from senior Ethan Graeme. Sophomore Noah Vibbert then pushed a flare to center for an RBI single, scoring Boyle.

After a strikeout, DH Tyler Clarkston dropped down a perfect first-pitch bunt between third and the pitcher to load the bases. With Carter Dunten at the plate, Graeme and Vibbert both scored on wild pitches. Dunten then drove a deep fly ball to score the run from third.

Up now 9-4, Madras focused on steady defense. Graeme gobbled up a grounder at third for the first out, then Boyle got two strikeouts.

In the Buffalos' half of the fourth, Boyle ripped a deep two-strike double to center, scoring freshman Jackson Hertel, who had walked.

Shortstop Conner Flu got the first out in the fifth on a ground ball, followed by another strikeout. Boyle gave up his first hit of the game when Hunter Stockinger produced a single. Then Boyle fielded an easy come-backer and the Buffs were out of the inning with their 10-4 lead.

That remained the score into the sixth, when MHS catcher Cael White made the defensive play of the game, stretching out to catch a foul pop to end the at-bat.

Boyle's monster day continued with a triple in the bottom of the sixth. He then scored on a Graeme RBI groundout to short.

Elmira managed their second hit against Boyle in the seventh, a double to center. After a flyout, the game ended on a line drive to Flu, who caught it and stepped on second for the unassisted double play. Flu, a junior, had a busy, errorless day at short for Madras.

The Buffs next game will be on the road Wednesday, May 25.

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