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Cowboys defeat Cougars 9-2 - Central Oregonian
March 25, 2012Crook County High School
The Crook County Cowboys avenged an earlier loss to the Mountain View Cougars with a 9-2 victory Wednesday afternoon in Intermountain Hybrid baseball action.
The Cowboys overcame an early 2-0 deficit as they earned their third victory of the season.
“We hit the ball hard,” head coach Larimer said. “and I was very pleased that we had no errors.”
After neither team was able to score in the first inning, the Cougars scored a pair of runs in the second inning to take the early lead.
Crook County responded with five runs in the bottom of the third inning to take control of the game. Leading off the inning, J.D. Larimer was hit by a pitch. Justin Cleveland followed with an infield single. After Max Benton walked to load the bases, Brandon Alexander singled, scoring Larimer. Then Bryson Martin walked, scoring Cleveland and tying the game.
With the bases still loaded, coach Larimer called for a double suicide squeeze play. Troy Benton laid down a perfect bunt as Max Benton raced towards home. Troy Benton was out at first base, but a hustling Alexander came all the way from second base to home on the play to make the score 4-2. When Sam Walker flied to right field, Martin was able to tag up and score from third base, and the Cowboys had a 5-2 lead.
“With the new bats you have to play small ball,” Larimer said. “You have to be able to squeeze. You have to be able to bunt and you have to be able to hit and run because the day of the long ball is gone. Our execution on the double squeeze was really good.”
The Cowboys added three more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, then added an insurance run in the sixth inning.
Meanwhile, starting pitcher, Troy Benton was masterful. Benton pitched the complete game, striking out 12 batters, while giving up just two walks and five hits in seven innings of work.
“I was really pleased with Benton,” Larimer said. “He threw a complete game so we have pitchers to go for the rest of the week.”
The Cowboys pounded out 11 hits in the game including doubles from Max Benton, Cody Pfau, and Lucas Smith. J.D. Larimer also had a good day at the plate, going 2-3 on the day.
With the victory the Cowboys raised their record to 3-2 on the season, while the Cougars fell to 1-1.
Crook County hosted Estacada on Thursday, then continue a busy week when they travel to John Day to play in the Grant Union Tournament on Friday and Saturday. Crook County will face Junction City at 12:30 p.m. Friday, then play Grant Union Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. The team finishes the week with a 12:30 p.m. game Saturday against Mac Hi.
Wednesday, March 21
at Crook County
Mountain View 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 — 2 5 1
Crook County 0 0 5 3 0 1 x — 9 11 0
Peters, DeWolf (3), Schlapfer (3) and Ayers; T. Benton and Cleveland. W — T. Benton. L — DeWolf. 2B — Mountain View: Wickham; Crook County: Pfau, M. Benton, Smith.