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Bend and defending champs Ridgeview hold down Crook County High School softball team

LON AUSTIN - Katelynn Weaver connects for a grand slam home run for the Cowgirls against the defending state champion Ridgeview Ravens. Weaver's monster hit was a highlight for the Cowgirls as they fell twice to Ridgeview.

It was a tough week for the Crook County Cowgirl softball team.

The Cowgirls opened the season Tuesday with a 10-0 loss to the Bend Lava Bears. Then Friday, the team lost a pair of games to the Ridgeview Ravens.

Tuesday, Bend pitching held the Cowgirls to just one hit, a single by freshman Danner Hemphill.

Still, Crook County head coach Jeremy Puckett was pleased with some of what he saw from his team.

"We had a great defensive play by freshman Mickie Wright in right field throwing out a runner at home," he said. "We committed some costly errors defensively, but all in all, the future of Cowgirl softball is looking bright."

Three freshmen, Jaycee Villastrigo, Tylee Cossitt and Raelynn Weaver, pitched in the game for the Cowgirls.

Friday, the Cowgirls played solid defense but had trouble stringing hits together and ran into a Ridgeview team that was red hot from the plate. The defending state champions blasted 10 hits in the first game, and 16 in the second as Ridgeview took a pair of easy wins.

Crook County's Emma Lees went 4-4 in game one with a pair of doubles, but the rest of the Cowgirl team could muster just two hits in the game as Ridgeview won 9-2.

Crook County got off to a great start in game two as KayLynn Fildes hit a grand slam home run in the bottom half of the first inning to give Crook County a 4-0 lead. Ridgeview quickly made up the deficit, scoring four runs in the second, five in the third and six in the fourth. Meanwhile, Crook County failed to keep pace, scoring a run in the second and one in the fourth as they trailed 15-6 going into the sixth inning.

Ridgeview exploded for eight runs in the sixth and still had runners on base and only two outs when the game was called because of darkness. Since Crook County did not bat in the bottom half of the inning, the score reverted back to 15-6, and all eight Ridgeview hits in the inning did not count in the final box score.

Officially, the Ravens finished the game with 10 hits in five innings, while Crook County had just three hits. In addition to Weaver's grand slam, Emma Lees had a double in the game, her third on the day.

The Cowgirls are back in action today when they host Hood River Valley in a 4:30 p.m. game. Crook County then goes on the road on Saturday where they will face Hood River Valley in Hood River at 11 a.m., then play Summit at 1:30 p.m.

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