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Barker, of the Crook County High School Cowgirls has a monster week with the bat

LON AUSTIN - Danner Hemphil squares up a home run swing during the Cowgirls' 15-12 win over Hood River in Prineville. Hemphil was one of many Cowgirls who had great weeks at the plate. Crook County hosts Redmond in a doubleheader Friday.

The Crook County Cowgirl softball team had a solid week, going 2-3, with wins over Hood River Valley and Summit, and a close loss to Hood River Valley.

Tuesday, the host Cowgirls came from behind to take a 15-12 victory over the Eagles in an exciting offensive battle.

Saturday, the two teams met again in Hood River. And once again, the game was tight as Hood River Valley came away with a 9-8 victory. Then later in the day Saturday, the Cowgirls defeated Summit 11-1, also in Hood River. Summit and Hood River also played on the day with the Eagles coming away with a 20-6 victory.

Tuesday, the Eagles jumped on top with six runs in the first inning. The Cowgirls answered with five runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning to pull to within one. Hood River Valley responded with four more runs in the second to take a 10-5 lead.

Once again, the Cowgirls answered, this time with three runs in the bottom half of the inning. The Eagles added another run in the third and one in the fifth to push their lead to 12-8. However, the Cowgirls came roaring back in the bottom of the sixth as they exploded for seven runs to come away with the win.

A bases-loaded triple by Liz Barker gave the Cowgirls a 14-12 lead. Then Barker scored on a single by Danner Hemphil to push the lead to 15-12.

Hood River Valley finished with 16 hits in the game, while the Cowgirls had 13. Hemphil had a home run, double and single in the game, Emma Lees had a double and a single, Hailey Heising had a double and two singles, and Miki Puckett, Raelynn Weaver, Hunter Howard and Kaylynn Fildes all had singles in the contest.

Saturday in the lost at Hood River, Lees went 2-2, Katelynn Weaver went 2-4 and Barker was 2-3 with a double. Jaycee Villastrigo pitched all six innings for the Cowgirls, giving up nine hits, but walking eight batters.

In the final game on Saturday, the Cowgirls were in control from the start as they won in five innings. Raelynn Weaver pitched the complete game, giving up just one hit in the contest and striking out six in the win. Offensively, Barker was the star, going 3-4 with a single, a double and a triple. Hemphill also went 3-4 with three singles in the contest.

With the pair of wins, the Cowgirls improved to 2-4 overall and 1-3 in conference play, while Hood River Valley also pushed their record to 2-4 overall and 1-3 in league. Summit fell to 1-6 on the year.

The Cowgirls play at Mountain View today in a non-league contest, then host Redmond in a doubleheader on Friday, with games scheduled to begin at 3 and 5 p.m.


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