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Crook County Cowgirls drop The Dalles but then loses a tight one at Pendleton, 4-1

The Crook County High School softball team defeated The Dalles 13-5 on Monday in the first round of the Intermountain Conference playoffs. However, their season ended on Wednesday with a tough 4-1 loss to Pendleton.

Both games were on the road.

On Monday, Emma Lees went 4-5 at the plate with three doubles and a home run to power the Cowgirl offense. Danner Hemphill also had a good day at the plate, going 2-3 with a double and a triple. Tylee Cossitt was also 2-3 with a single and a double, while Jaycee Villastrigo pitched a complete game for the win.

Villastrigo gave up five hits and struck out five. Mikinley Puckett also had a big play for the Cowgirls, running down a line drive in deep left field that saved three runs.

Pendleton had defeated the Cowgirls by the 10-run rule in each of their previous meetings this year, but Wednesday was different, with the Cowgirls in the game to the end.

Crook County's lone run came on a double by Cossitt, who then scored on a Puckett single.

The Cowgirls had plenty of chances to score more runs, but stranded seven runners on base.

Once again, Villastrigo pitched a complete game.

"Jaycee pitched a gem," Crook County head coach Jeremy Puckett said. "We had our opportunities, but we still have a lot of work to do in order for us to be where we want to be."

Crook County finished the season with a 7-10 record, while Pendleton advanced to the tournament championship where they lost to Ridgeview, 8-4. Pendleton finished the year with a 15-2 record. The Ridgeview victory was a huge upset as Pendleton rolled through the league regular season with a perfect 9-0 record, including a pair of wins over the Ravens.

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