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Cowgirls sweep doubleheader - Central Oregonian
April 9, 2012Crook County High School
The Crook County Cowgirls exploded for 25 runs as they took both games of a doubleheader from the Mountain View Cougars in Intermountain Hybrid softball action Friday afternoon.
“We hit the snot out of the ball tonight,” said head coach Reggie Holcomb following the game.
The Cowgirls blasted 27 hits in the two games as they defeated the Cougars 7-6 in game one, then came back to blast the Cougars 18-11 in game two.
Game one saw the Cougars jump out to a 3-0 lead, before the Cowgirls rallied to score a run in the third inning and three in the fourth to take control of the game. Crook County added three more runs in the fifth inning to lead 7-4. Mountain View rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh inning, but the Cowgirls held on for the win.
“I think we were behind because our nerves got to us,” said catcher Taylor Walker. “Then we realized that we could definitely compete with them and we started playing our game.”
Miranda Smith pitched a complete game for the Cowgirls in the victory.
Smith was also a factor at the plate in the game, hitting a triple in the fifth inning. Walker also had an extra base hit for the Cowgirls — blasting a double in the third inning.
Game two of the doubleheader was an offensive thriller.
The Cougars put three runs on the board in the top of the first inning. Crook County responded by scoring nine runs in the bottom of the first inning — sending 14 batters to the plate.
“I think we are a very good offensive team,” Walker said. “Our bats really came alive in the second game and we were watching the ball all the way.
The Cowgirls led 11-4 after three innings and appeared to be in total control of the game.
However, the Cougars added a run in the fourth inning, and then scored five runs of their own in the top of the fifth inning.
Loren Saenz came in to relieve Smith midway through the fifth inning with four runs already in and the bases loaded. Saenz escaped from the inning after giving up just one more run, and shut down the Cougars the rest of the way.
The Cowgirls kept pace with the Cougars offensive attack, scoring one run in the fourth, and five runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth inning.
“We definitely lost focus during the fifth inning,” said second baseman Kaylee Johnson. “But we pulled our heads out and we had a really good inning of our own.”
Katie Estes, Jena Ovens, and Saenz all had doubles for the Cowgirls in the game.
With the wins, Crook County is now 8-4 on the season, while Mountain View drops to 5-4.
“I’m proud of the girls,” Holcomb said. “I think the girls’ attitude is the main thing. They don’t quit. They keep fighting and they have a never-say-die attitude.”
Crook County is off until Friday, April 13 when they host the Bend Lava Bears in a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.
Friday, April 6
at Crook County
Mountain View 1 2 0 0 0 0 3 — 6 9 1
Crook County 0 0 1 3 3 0 x — 3 6 0
Wells and Mate; Smith and Walker. W — Walker. L — Wells. 2B — Crook County: Walker. 3B — Crook County: Smith.
Mountain view 3 0 1 1 5 0 1 — 11 10 6
Crook County 9 2 0 1 5 1 x — 18 17 2
Wicklund, Wells (1) and Serbus; Smith, Saenz (5) and Walker. W — Saenz. L — Wicklund. 2B — Mountain View: McCadden, Weattherman, Wicklund; Crook County: Estes, Saenz, Ovens. 3B — Mountain View: Elms.