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There are many new faces around the Madras summer baseball team, and they recently came together to beat Crook County.

PMG PHOTO: ANDY DIECKHOFF - Pablo Solis, one of the new faces on the Madras High School summer baseball team, slides into home during the White Buffalos' 16-6 home win over Crook County on Wednesday, June 22.

The Little Leaguers aren't the only ones enjoying some summer baseball.

The Madras High School summer team has gotten its season underway over the past few weeks, with a recent home win over rival Crook County serving as an early highlight.

The Madras team includes some varsity players from this past season, as well as others from the junior varsity and a few soon-to-be MHS freshmen. Also featured on the roster is Jace Silbernagel, a Culver High School student, who is donning the crosstown colors for the summer.

Last week, Madras hosted the Crook County summer team in a sun-soaked battle that saw the Cowboys jump out to an early lead. The Buffs chipped away at the deficit — slowly at first, and then in one loud roar.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, trailing 5-3, Madras reeled off 11 runs against the Cowboys, making the most of five Crook County errors in the frame. Silbernagel had a two-RBI single in the inning, while Danny Jackson, Preston Gillespie and Noah Vibbert each added one.

Crook County got a run back in the top of the sixth, but Madras plated two more in the bottom of the inning to go up 16-6 — ending the game on the 10-run rule.

PMG PHOTO: ANDY DIECKHOFF - There were plenty of familiar faces on the diamond for Madras, too, including starting pitcher Conner Flu.Conner Flu, Danny Jackson and Truett Jaca all pitched for the Buffs in the win.

Head coach Mike Leno said after the game that the team has been playing "about .500 ball" over the first few weeks of the summer. However, the Buffs are not too focused on results.

"We're just having fun," said Leno. "Go out there, get the reps in, and have fun."


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