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Cowgirls face a tough Pendelton squad this week. After beating the Riverhawks Tuesday, Crook County traveled to The Dalles, where they lost the rematch plus a game with Bend.

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Danner Hemphill appplies the tag during the Cowgirls' 10-8 win over The Dalles.The Crook County High School softball team edged The Dalles on Tuesday at home, but then struggled on the road Friday, falling to both the Riverhawks and Bend at The Dalles.

"We have a lot of work to do to get to where we want to be," said Crook County head coach Jeremy Puckett following Friday's games.

The Cowgirls fell behind early on Tuesday, giving up a run to The Dalles in the first and two more in the third as the Riverhawks took a 3-0 lead. However, Crook County came storming back in the bottom half of the third, scoring five runs in the inning. A three-run home run by Liz Barker was the big hit of the inning.

The Dalles scored again in the fifth, clinging to within a run at 5-4. However, once again, the Cowgirls responded, this time with three runs of their own to push their lead to 8-4. Crook County added two more runs in the sixth to take a seemingly insurmountable 10-4 lead. However, The Dalles made it interesting in the end, scoring four runs in the seventh to make the final score 10-8 Crook County.

Emma Lees also had a homer for the Cowgirls along with a pair of singles. Barker also had a single, while Danner Hemphill had a pair of singles in the game.

As a team, the Cowgirls finished with 11 hits and three steals in the contest, while the Riverhawks also had 11 hits.

Jaycee Villastrigo pitched a complete game for the Cowgirls, striking out seven and walking just one.

Friday was another story. Crook County struggled with defensive mistakes, as they fell 13-6 to The Dalles and then 24-0 to Bend.

In the opener against The Dalles, the Cowgirls gave up 13 hits, including eight that went for extra bases, as well as committing seven errors. Lees went 3-4 at the plate, while Raelynn Weaver went 2-3 with a pair of doubles.

The game with Bend was an even bigger problem. Bend's pitching has been overpowering most of the year, and Friday was no different. Lava Bear pitchers held the Cowgirls to just one hit, while Bend pounded out 17 hits in just five innings of play. Adding to the problems for Crook County, Cowgirl pitchers walked 10,and hit one batter, giving Bend plenty of scoring opportunities.

Once again, the Crook County defense struggled, giving up seven errors in the contest. Bend also blanked The Dalles on the day, taking a 9-0 win.

Crook County is now 6-6 overall and 4-4 in league, while The Dalles improved to 5-7 overall and 3-5 in league. Meanwhile, Bend improved their record to 10-1 on the year.

The Cowgirls are on the road today at Pendleton, 11-1 overall and 7-0 in league, then host the Buckaroos in a doubleheader on Saturday with games scheduled for 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.


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