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Cook County collects 18 hits, but gives up six errors and nine walks in high scoring offensive battle

STEELE HAUGEN/MADRAS PIONEER - Berkley Puckett turns to throw to first after stepping on second base for a force out. Puckett had two home runs and six RBIs but the Cowgirls lost 19-16 to the Madras White Buffalos.The Crook County Cowgirls softball team had a great offensive game Thursday night in Madras.

However, that wasn't enough as the Cowgirls made a series of costly mistakes in a 19-16 upset loss to the White Buffalos.

"The Cowgirl defense did not show up today," Crook County head coach Jeremy Puckett said following the game.

The Cowgirls scored a run in the top of the first inning to take an early lead.

However, the White Buffalos quickly responded, exploding for six runs in the bottom half of the inning off of Crook County starter Kalyn Martinez.

The Cowgirls answered with six runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning to go ahead 7-6.

That lead didn't last long, however, as Madras scored three more runs in the bottom half of the second inning.

Neither team scored in the third or fourth inning.

The Cowgirls briefly regained the lead in the fifth inning, scoring three runs to go ahead 10-9.

Once again, the lead was short-lived as the White Buffalos took advantage of Crook County miscues to score eight runs in the bottom half of the inning to take the lead for good.

The Cowgirls added a run in the sixth, while the White Buffalos scored two more in the bottom half of the inning to extend their lead to 19-11.

The Cowgirls staged a furious rally in the top of the seventh inning, but came up just short.

With the bases loaded, Berkley Puckett hit a grand slam home run, her second homer of the game.

Then, with a pair of runners on base, Justine Brinkley lined a hard single to right field, scoring the Cowgirls' fifth run of the inning.

However, the White Buffalos managed to get out of the inning, preserving a hard-fought victory.

Crook County finished with 18 hits off of three Madras pitchers, while Martinez picked up the loss for the Cowgirls.

In addition to 13 hits, the White Buffalos were aided by six Crook County errors, nine walked batters, and two batters that were hit by pitches, giving Madras plenty of extra base runners.

Puckett went two-for-three in the contest with two home runs and six RBIs. Emma Ackley finished the day four-for-five at the plate, while Martinez was two-for-four with three RBIs.

With the loss, the Cowgirls fell to 16-9 overall and 10-5 in conference play, while Madras improved to 12-10 in league play and 8-7 overall.

The Cowgirls will host Mazama in a play-in game either Friday or Saturday, while the White Buffalos will be on the road against North Bend in their play-in contest.

Crook County 160 031 5 — 16 18 6

Madras 630 082 x — 19 13 3

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