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Cowgirls win both games of doubleheader in five-inning blowouts against the Outlaws

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Senior outfielder Abby Dalton was one of four Crook County High School softball players to hit home runs as the Cowgirls rolled past the Sisters Outlaws in a pair of softball games last Thursday afternoon. The Cowgirls ripped 40 hits in the two games as they rolled past the Outlaws 27-5 in game one, then came back to win game two 26-0. Both games were shortened to five innings due to the 10-run rule. The Crook County High School softball team shifted their offense into high gear on Thursday as they crushed the Sisters Outlaws in a pair of easy wins.

Crook County rolled past Sisters 27-5 in the opening game of the doubleheader, then blanked the Outlaws 26-0 in game two.

Crook County had 16 hits, including nine extra base hits in game one, then blasted 24 hits, including three home runs in the nightcap.

What makes the offensive onslaught possibly even more impressive is that both games were shortened to five innings due to the 10-run rule.

The Cowgirls have demonstrated multiple times this year that they have a potent offense. The team has scored 97 runs in just six games, or just over 16 runs a game.

The Cowgirls have demonstrated that they can score runs in a number of ways, including stringing hits together, stealing bases and hitting with power.

That power has never been more evident than Thursday, when the team blasted four home runs in the doubleheader.

Caitlyn Elliott blasted a three-run shot in game one before Abby Dalton, Liz Barker and Justine Brinkley all ripped home runs in game two.

Perhaps even more importantly, the team entered the season with something of a question mark at pitcher as last year's starter McKuenzie McCormick is now pitching in college.

Based on Thursday's games, the Cowgirls have had no trouble replacing McCormick.

Kalyn Martinez pitched all five innings of game one, giving up just seven hits. Brooke Dalton then had an outstanding effort in game two, striking out 10 while allowing just three hits in the blowout win.

"Brooke pitched a gem," Crook County head coach Jeremy Puckett said. "And freshman catcher Emma Lees called a great game."

With the victories, Crook County has improved to 4-2 on the season and moved up to 11th in the latest OSAA power rankings.

The Cowgirls played a pair of games on Monday in the Redmond Spring Break Tournament against Summit (0-1) and Sweet Home (3-2). The team is back in action today in the same event, playing games at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Crook County will face Corbett (1-1) at the Bowlby Field Complex on field two in the first game of the day, then will play Ridgeview (1-1) on field three in the afternoon.

This week's tournament games will be the final games for the Cowgirls before starting the league season on Friday, April 6 when they host the Estacada Rangers in a 4 p.m. contest.

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