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Crook County breaks open a close game with a five run fifth inning as they roll past Estacada

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN
 - Liz Barker hits a double on Monday against Estacada. The Cowgirls scored five runs in the fifth inning to break open a close game as they won 10-1 against the Rangers.
The Crook County Cowgirls exploded for five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to break open a close game as they cruised past the Estacada Rangers 10-1 Monday afternoon in Prineville.

"We got the win," Crook County head coach Jeremy Puckett said. "I'm super proud of Kalyn. She pitched a really good game, and our base running was really good today."

An error, an infield single and a walk loaded the bases with nobody out for the Cowgirls in the decisive fifth inning.

An Emma Ackley single scored three runs. Ackley stole second before Alayna Denney walked to put runners on the corners.

Ackley then scored on a wild pitch.

Justine Brinkley hit into a fielder's choice for the first out of the inning, then advanced to second on a fielder's choice. With two outs, Liz Barker struck out but reached first as the ball escaped Estacada's catcher and rolled to the backstop. Brinkley scored on the play.

Barker stole second and Abby Dalton walked before Estacada was finally able to get out of the inning.

Crook County starting pitcher Kalyn Martinez had no trouble in the final two innings, blanking the Rangers for just her second complete game of the year.

"It was pretty good, since I don't normally pitch a full game," Martinez said. "I feel pretty good about that."

Crook County catcher Caitlyn Elliott was also pleased with how well Martinez threw.

"I think Kalyn and I worked really well together, especially against a team like that," Elliott said. LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Berkley Puckett rips a single during the Cowgirls' victory over the Estacada Rangers on Monday. Crook County won the game 10-1. "Against their lineup, Kalyn was a good fit on the mount and it challenged them."

The Cowgirls opened the game with a run in the bottom of the first inning, then added three more in the second and one in the third.

Meanwhile, Estacada scored their lone run in the first inning.

The Rangers could have easily scored more runs if not for good defense by the Cowgirls.

In the second inning, the Rangers had a walk and a pair of doubles, yet were only able to score one run.

Then in the third, Rylie Caxifax opened the inning with a single. Tessa Riedel doubled, putting runners on second and third. Then with one out, Emily Gant hit a hard ground ball to second. Second baseman Mekynzie Wells threw quickly to Ackley at first for the out. Then, Ackley fired the ball home where Elliott tagged Caxifax out for the third out of the inning.

The Cowgirls finished the game with nine hits, while Martinez limited the Rangers to six hits.

Crook County did a good job of advancing base runners in the contest, stealing six bases.

The Cowgirls didn't have an error in the game, while Estacada committed three.

Ashley Owens went three-for-four for the Cowgirls, while Abby Dalton was two-for-three, and Liz Barker had a double.

At Crook County

Crook County 131 40x — 10 9 0

Estacada 010 000 0 — 2 6 3

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