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Cowgirls whip Panthers - Central Oregonian
April 23, 2014Crook County High School
The Crook County Cowgirls remain atop the Intermountain Hybrid softball standings after a dramatic 6-3 win over the Redmond Panthers Friday afternoon in Prineville.
“They never give up,” Crook County Head Coach Jessica Cross said. “They are winning games because they are fighting back. They are winning games because they don’t pay attention to the scoreboard. We’ve been working hard on ignoring errors and focusing on the next play and that’s what they are doing.”
The win gave the Cowgirls a three-game sweep of the Panthers and, along with the Bend Lava Bears, a share of first place in the conference.
The Cowgirls scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the third inning to take an early lead. Ashley Bond opened the inning with a single to right field. After a Taylor Hilderbrand sacrifice bunt, Jena Ovens doubled to score bond. Ovens advanced to third on a sacrifice fly by Kelsee Martin, then scored on a single by Aspen Christiansen.
The Panthers scored three runs of their own in the top of the fourth inning to take a 3-2 lead.
However, Redmond didn’t have the lead for long. Kaylee Johnson-Wright reached base on an error to open the bottom of the inning. Then Bailee Wood blasted a two run-homer to give the Cowgirls the lead for good.
“I?gave Bailee a bunt sign on that first home run because I needed runners,” Cross said. “She misread it (the sign) and it worked out really great for us. She’s just crushing the ball.”
“I’m not used to bunting and I missed the sign,” Wood said. “But that’s OK. She wanted a run and I gave her two instead.”
Wood blasted another home run in the fifth inning to give the Cowgirls a 5-3 lead. The Cowgirls scored a final run in the bottom of the sixth on an Ovens bunt and another single by Christiansen.
Meanwhile, following the shaky third inning, starting pitcher Emily Benton was masterful. Benton struck out 10 Redmond batters in the game, while walking three and giving up just the three runs.
With the win the Cowgirls are off to their best start in years with a 10-2 record.
“The girls are stepping up and understanding the object of the game. It’s not about selfish ball and what they can do; it’s about what they can do for this team. They are picking up on that and they are doing a great job of moving base runners around.”
The sweep of the Panthers (3-11) is the first in at least five years for the Cowgirls.
“It’s awesome,” Wood said of the sweep. “I’m so proud of my team.”
The team is on the road on Wednesday when they play a doubleheader against the 6-6 Mountain View Cougars. Game one is scheduled for 3 p.m. with the second game set to follow at approximately 5 p.m.
The two teams meet again on Friday in Prineville with game time set for 4:30 p.m.
Crook County 6,
Redmond 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 — 3 7 4
CCHS 0 0 2 2 1 1 x — 6 10 4