Cowboys face tough week, drop three games

Senior pitcher Damon Ward stares down the plate before getting into his wind up against Hosanna Christian/Triad on Thursday, April 11.

North Lake Cowboys baseball lost the lead late in a 16-15 defeat to Bonanza on Tuesday, April 9. The game was tied at 15 with Bonanza hitting for the win in the bottom of the sixth when an error scored a run to decide the game.

North Lake had started off strong, taking an early lead in the second inning. Levi Waldron lead off the scoring onslaught with a double into left field and Clayton Cooper singled to center to put runners on first and third. Both runners scored on the next at bat on a Bonanza error.  

North Lake led 4-3 going into the top of the fourth. Elijah and Silas Roth earned walks, and Damon Ward loaded the bases with a single to right field.  Wyatt Joye earned an RBI beating out the throw to first on an infield single. Waldron tripled on a deep fly to centerfield to clear the bases putting the Cowboys up 8-3.  

Bonanza answered with four runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning on three walks and a grand slam by Ireland to make it an 8-7 one run game.

North Lake scored seven runs in the top of the fifth. The Cowboys loaded the bases with a couple of walks and a single from Tyce Grassman. North Lake cleared the bases for the second time in the game when Damon Ward got a double on a deep fly ball to the fence in centerfield. Joye earned the sixth RBI of the inning with a grounder up the middle scoring Ward. Joye crossed home plate on a balk call to give North Lake a comfortable lead at 15-7.

North Lake had a chance to increase the lead in the 6th when Ward and S. Roth got base hits and Joye earned a walk to load the bases with one out. Waldron hit into a fielder’s choice 6-5-4 double play to end the scoring threat.

Bonanza scored two runs in the bottom half of the inning, a home run by Ireland, his second of the game, and Grohs scored on error to give the Antlers a 16-15 lead. The game was called after six innings due to darkness.  

Clayton Cooper took the loss for Cowboys. He surrendered four runs on two hits, striking out three, and giving up four walks. Ward started the game, going 1.1 innings giving up two runs on two hits and striking out one.

North Lake tallied 13 hits in the game. Ward, S. Roth, Joye, Cooper and Waldron all had multiple hits for the Cowboys.  

Up next for the Cowboys was a match up with Hosanna Christian/Triad on Thursday, April 11. Despite a 6-run deficit in the fourth inning, North Lake Cowboys almost came all the way back, eventually falling 7-5 to Hosanna Christian/Triad on Thursday. The Cowboys scored five runs in the failed comeback on a walk by Logan Warfle in the fourth, a walk by Tyce Grassman in the fourth, a single by Levi Waldron in the fifth, a single by Grassman in the fifth, and a fielder’s choice by Elisha Roth in the seventh.

North Lake fell behind early in the loss as Hosanna Christian/Triad scored on singles by Jacob Moore and Nick Morris in the first inning.

Hosanna Christian/Triad got the jump on the Cowboys in the first inning and three runs in the fourth inning. The offensive onslaught by Hosanna Christian was led by Morre, Michael Hoskins, Jarrett Cline, and Skyler Reasoner, who all drove in runs.

The Cowboys rallied late in the game loading the bases in the bottom of the 7th when Cooper singled and Ward reach on an error and Grassman earned a walk, but the rally stalled as the Cowboys were unable to come up with a clutch hit to move the runners.  

Clayton Cooper led the Cowboys with two hits in four at bats.  Ward, Waldron, Puckett, Warfle and T. Grassman all had one hit.

In the second game of the double header, North Lake watched the game slip away early and found themselves on the losing end of a 16-4 non-league game to Hosanna Christian/Triad. 

North Lake lost despite out-hitting Hosanna nine to eight, but committed 10 fielding errors. 

Levi Waldron racked up the “L” for Cowboys. He allowed eight hits and 16 runs over four innings, striking out four and walking zero.

Unfortunately for Waldron, 12 of Hosanna’s 16 runs were unearned. 

North Lake cracked in nine hits and Waldron and S. Roth each collected multiple hits.

Up next for the Cowboys will be a double header match up with Rogue River on Saturday, April 20. 

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