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Cowgirls split with Lava Bears - Central Oregonian
May 3, 2012Crook County High School
After struggling defensively in the first game, Crook County rebounded to dominate game two as the Cowgirls split an Intermountain Hybrid twin bill with the Bend Lava Bears.
After falling 5-4 in game one, the Cowgirls blasted the Lava Bears 12-0 in six innings in the nightcap.
“The first game we had a really terrible inning defensively,” said head coach Reggie Holcomb. “Then we played a great game in the second game.”
Crook County opened the scoring with a run in the first inning of game one. However, the Cowgirls were unable to hold the lead. Bend took advantage of Crook County miscues to score a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning.
The Lava Bears added another run in the bottom of the second inning to take a 3-1 lead. The Bears scored a run in both the fourth and fifth inning to run their lead to 5-1.
Crook County’s Tasha Azbill hit a solo home run in the top of the sixth inning to make the score 5-2. The Cowgirls mounted a comeback in the seventh inning, scoring a pair of runs to make the score 5-4. Crook County’s Jena Ovens had a double and Taylor Walker blasted a home run in the inning.
However, it was too little, too late as the Lava Bears hung on to claim the 5-4 victory.
Lava Bear pitcher Kendall Kramer was able to keep the Cowgirls off-balance throughout the game. Relying on off-speed pitches and her control, Kramer was able to frustrate Crook County batters most of the game. In addition, she was the offensive star for the Lava Bears, finishing the game three for four from the plate with a double and two runs batted in.
“We had trouble adjusting to a slow pitcher in that first game,” Holcomb said. “We were out in front of the pitch the entire game and had an awful lot of pop ups in the game.”
Both teams finished the contest with 10 hits. However, the Cowgirls were unable to string hits together and stranded several people in scoring position during the game.
The Cowgirl players met together before the second game of the doubleheader and looked like a different team when play resumed.
The Cowgirls scored a run in both the first and second innings to take a 2-0 lead. Crook County exploded for five more runs in the third inning to take control of the game. The Cowgirls added five more runs in the top of the sixth inning to extend their lead to 12-0.
“They’re capable of doing this all the time,” Holcomb said. “I don’t know what was said in their meeting — if I did, I could probably write a book. I don’t know what makes them tick, but whatever it was, they were on fire.”
Meanwhile, Crook County pitcher Miranda Smith kept Bend batters off balance. Smith limited the Lava Bears to just five hits in the game, which was shortened to six innings because of the 10-run rule.
“Smith threw a great game — probably her best all year and we took it to them,” Holcomb said.
Smith was also the Cowgirl offensive star in game two, going three for three with a double, a home run, and two RBIs.
Emily Benton and Emily Christiansen also each doubled for the Cowgirls in the contest.
Bend (10-10) plays today at Summit, while the Cowgirls (14-10) are off until Wednesday May 9 when they host Summit in a 3 p.m. doubleheader.
Wednesday, May 2
Crook County 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 — 4 10 1
Bend 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 — 5 10 2
Smith and Walker; Kramer and Kinkade. W — Kramer. L — Smith. 2B — Crook County: Ovens; Bend, Kramer. HR — Crook County: Azbill, Walker
Crook County 1 1 5 0 0 5 — 12 15 0
Bend 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 5 1
Smith and Walker, Holmgren, Berrigan (4) and Sylvester. W — Smith. L — Holmgren. 2B — Crook County: Smith, Benton, Christiansen. HR — Crook County: Smith.