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Crook County manages just three hits in 19-1 leauge loss to the Hood River Valley Eagles

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Trentyn Maryanski lays down a sacrifice bunt during the Cowboys' 19-1 loss to the Hood River Valley Eagles on Tuesday. The loss dropped the Cowboys into fourth place in the IMC and hurt their playoff chances. The Crook County Cowboys could have put themselves in the driver's seat for a playoff berth with a win over the Hood River Valley Eagles.

Instead, the Cowboys were blown out Tuesday by the visiting Eagles. The 19-1, six-inning loss was the team's worse loss of the season.

The game started as a pitcher's duel with neither team able to score in the first two innings.

Hood River Valley had a runner get all the way to third in the first inning before Crook County starter Louis Duran was able to get out of the jam.

Brody Connell walked and stole second base in the bottom half of the inning as the Cowboys also had a chance to score. However, Hood River Valley starting pitcher Harry Howell then struck out the side, stranding Connell on second.

Brandon Smiley tripled to start the second inning for the Eagles. The hit should probably have been just a single, but Crook County left fielder Ethan Cossitt dove, attempting to catch the ball, allowing it to roll to the fence. However, Duran struck out Derek Homer to end the inning.

Duran walked to start the second inning but was thrown out attempting to steal second before Howell struck out Diego Smith to end the inning.

The Eagles broke open the game with four runs in the third inning. Hood River Valley added two more runs in the fourth inning before Duran was replaced on the mound by Clayton Wilkins.

Carson Smith singled in the bottom half of the inning for the Cowboys' first hit of the game. However, Wilkins then grounded into a double play, ending the inning.

The Eagles added three more runs in the fifth inning, extending their lead to 9-0.

Crook County replaced Wilkins on the mound with Justin Smith to start the sixth inning, and Hood River Valley rocked Smith for 10 runs in the inning.

Connell doubled to start the bottom of the inning, for the Cowboys' second hit of the game. Connell then scored on an infield single from Kyle Knudtson before Howell struck out Carson Smith and Justin Smith to end the inning and the game.

Howell finished his pitching gem with eight strikeouts, while allowing just three hits and walking four.

Meanwhile, the Eagles blasted 22 hits on three Cowboy pitchers as Hood River Valley improved to 8-4 in league and 12-9 overall.

Those hits included six doubles and a triple.

The win moved the Eagles from third to second in the Intermountain Conference, while the Cowboys dropped to 6-6 and 12-11 and saw their playoff hopes severely dimmed.

The Cowboys are still mathematically alive, however, they will need help in order to make the playoffs.

The Cowboys host Ridgeview, 0-12, 0-18, in a doubleheader on Friday with game one beginning at 3 p.m. The team then closes out the regular season on Tuesday when they travel to Redmond, 7-3, 13-5, for a 4:30 p.m. game.

Hood River Valley 19, Crook County 1

Hood River Valley – 004 23(10) – 19 22 0

Crook County – 000 001 – 1 3 2

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