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The 14-1 Buckaroos make the final week a tough one for Cowgirls; IMC tourney on

LON AUSTIN - Danner Hemphill applies a tag during the Cowgirls' doubleheader loss to Pendleton Saturday. CCHS finished 4-6 in IMC action and played at The Dalles Monday in the league postseason tourney.

The Crook County High School softball team had a tough week, dropping a trio of games to the league-leading Pendleton Buckaroos. Tuesday on the road, the Cowgirls fell 15-0 in five innings to the Buckaroos.

"On a positive note, the score doesn't reflect all things," Crook County head coach Jeremy Puckett said of Tuesday's road loss. "We are proud of how our pitching staff, Raelynn Weaver and Jaycee Villastrigo, did today. At the end of the day, we are a better team than we were yesterday."

Puckett added that Katelynn Weaver also had a solid game, while the Cowgirls committed some early errors that accounted for six of Pendleton's 15 runs.

Saturday at home, it was senior night for the Cowgirls, who opened the day honoring their two seniors, Emma Lees and Liz Barker.

"We could not ask for two better senior leaders and captains than these two," Puckett said. "They lead by example. They are unselfish and hold themselves and their teammates accountable with their team before self attitude, competitive spirit, and above all else they are incredible young women and teammates

Once play started, the Cowgirls struggled, dropping game one of the doubleheader 13-0 ithen falling 24-2 in the nightcap. With the losses, Crook County fell to 4-6 in Intermountain Conference play and 6-9 overall, while Pendleton improved to 9-0 in league and 14-1 overall.

Pendleton's Sauren Garton threw a no-hitter for the Buckaroos, while the Crook County defense once again struggled, committing seven errors in the game.

Puckett noted that, under the circumstances, Villastrigo pitches a solid game.

In game two, Barker and Lees each had a hit, while Tylee Cossitt laid down a perfect bunt to score Kaylynn Fildes for the Cowgirls' first run. Emma Lees picked up the second RBI, scoring Allie Vaughn.

With no state playoff in Class 5A for either baseball or softball, the Intermountain Conference has elected to hold a district tournament, which began on Monday as Crook County played at The Dalles (after our Monday printing), and Redmond at Hood River Valley. The winner of the game between Crook County and The Dalles will then play at Ridgeview on Wednesday, while the winner of Redmond and Hood River Valley will face Pendleton. The winners of those two games will play on Saturday in the league championship.

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