Cowgirls run into powerhouse in defending champ Ridgeview
After the first week of the OSAA season one spring sports season, the Crook County Cowgirl softball team looked nearly invincible.
That all changed this week as Crook County dropped a pair of games to the Ridgeview Ravens.
The Ravens, who won the OSAA Class 5A state championship in 2019, showed that they are still a force to be reckoned with. The Ravens rolled past Crook County 15-0 on Monday in Prineville, then blasted the Cowgirls again on Wednesday, rolling to a 13-3 home field victory.
After averaging more than 20 runs a game for the first three games of the season, the Cowgirls were held to just three runs in two games by the Raven pitching staff.
Crook County's lone hit in the first game came from Mikinley Puckett.
Meanwhile, Ridgeview blasted 14 hits in the contest, scoring seven runs in the first inning, seven more in the third and a final insurance run in the top of the fifth inning.
Wednesday's game was much closer than the score would indicate.
The Cowgirls led 2-0 after two innings on a pair of RBI's from Mickie Wright.
Ridgeview tied the game 2-2 in the third, then took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Ridgeview took advantage of timely hitting and Crook County miscues to score seven runs in the fifth inning to put the game out of reach.
Crook County tried to come back, scoring a run in the top of the sixth inning, but it was too little too late. Ridgeview scored three more runs in the bottom half of the inning before the game was called due to the 10-run rule.
"Bailey Everest pitched 3.5 great innings," Crook County head coach Jeremy Puckett said. "We just had too many errors."
Liz Barker, Hunter Howard and Everest each had hits in the contest for the Cowgirls, who dropped to 3-2 on the season.
Crook County is back in action on Monday when they host Culver. The Cowgirls then close out season one on Friday when they travel to take on the Outlaws. Both games are scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.
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