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Personnel changes, late comers, and errors doomed Molalla's softball team in the first three innings

PIONEER PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Crook County's offense was potent against the Molalla softball team. The Cowgirls scored 16 runs in the second inning, and 24 overall. Molalla—When Molalla welcomed Crook County's softball team to the diamond on Friday, May 4, it was the rubber match between the two teams. Molalla took the first match up, Crook County took the second, and this would be the deciding game between the two schools. Unfortunately for the home team, things could not have gone any worse than they did.

Crook County blasted Molalla in the first three innings, scoring 24 runs and shutting down the Molalla offense en route to a five inning win, 24-0.

Most of the damage came against Molalla came in a big second inning. The Cowgirls put up 16 runs on the board amidst a series of errors and well placed strikes into the Molalla defense. Most exemplifying the dominance in the game was a massive hit from freshman Elizabeth Barker that was only a few inches from being a grand slam home run. Instead, the Barker settled for 2 RBI's, getting junior Kalyn Martinez and senior Justine Brinkley around the bases, and advancing senior Jillian Denney to third base towards the end of the dominant second inning.

Molalla had its best inning of the game in the fourth. The defense shut down the Crook County offense in just five pitches, and the offense had two batters get on base due to walks and a hit as well.

Molalla falls to 4-16 overall, and just 2-9 in the Tri-Valley Conference. They next play on the road against Estacada (1-21 overall, 0-11 in the TVC) on Saturday, May 5. Crook County (16-7 overall) will play against Gladstone (17-5 overall) on Tuesday, May 8.

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