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Cowgirls defeat Warriors - Central Oregonian

March 29, 2012
Crook County High School

The Crook County Cowgirls are finding ways to win.

Wednesday afternoon was just another example.

The Cowgirls struggled offensively against the Class 5A Lebanon Warriors, but survived to take a 6-2 victory.

“We didn’t play our best game, but we won,” said head coach Reggie Holcomb. “It’s been a long week, and our hitting wasn’t what it has been.”

The Cowgirls managed just five hits in the game, compared to 10, for the Warriors. However, Crook County was able to get out of defensive jams, and find ways to generate runs when they had to.

“They ended up walking in a couple of runs,” Holcomb said. “We found a way to score enough runs to win.”

Led by a double by Kelsee Martin, the Cowgirls scored a pair of runs in the third inning. The team added four more runs in the sixth inning to take a 6-0 lead.

Martin finished the game with three of the Cowgirls’ five hits.

With the team struggling at the plate, it was pitching and defense that kept the Cowgirls in the game. Starting pitcher Miranda Smith, struck out six batters in six innings of work. Meanwhile, the Cowgirl defense made just one error in the game.

Lebanon finally got on the board in the sixth inning, scoring a pair of runs to keep the game close.

However, Loren Saenz came in to pitch the final inning for Crook County, shutting Lebanon out and preserving the victory.

“We didn’t play our best by any means and we still won the game,” Holcomb said. “We are on a break now and we are going to do a lot of hitting. We have a lot of girls with some injuries that need to mend so we needed this break.”

With the victory, the Cowgirls are 6-3 despite dropping their first two games of the season. The loss was the first of the year for the Warriors, who are now 3-1.

The victory, coupled with three wins in the Central Oregon Tournament earlier this week, have propelled the Cowgirls all the way to 12th in the latest OSAA?Class 4A power rankings.

The team is back in action on Tuesday, April 3, when they travel to Redmond to play the Panthers. The game, which is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m., is a makeup game for a game that was called because of darkness on the first night of the season.

“Hopefully we will be ready to go and can give Redmond a game,” Holcomb said.

Wednesday, March 28

at Lebanon

Crook County  0 0 2   0 0 4   0  —  6     5   1

Lebanon         0 0 0   0 0 2   0  —  2   10   1

Smith, Saenz (7) and Walker. Richardson and Saunders. W — Smith. L — Richardson. 2B — Crook County: Martin. 3B — Lebanon: Evans.

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