The Crook County High School softball team dropped a pair of games to The Dalles Friday afternoon, May 6. With the losses, the Cowgirls' playoff hopes took a serious hit.
The Dalles ran off to a 5-0 lead in Game 1 after just three innings, the Cowgirls rallied to make the final score 5-2 thanks to Kya Mozingo's pinch-hit two-RBI double in the bottom of the seventh. Mozingo's double was one of just two Crook County hits in the game, with Tylee Cossitt providing the other.
Jaycee Villastrigo was in the circle to start Game 1, striking out five over six innings of work that also included six walks and two pitches that hit Riverhawk batters. Raelynn Weaver pitched a scoreless seventh inning, striking out one and giving up one walk and no hits.
Game 2 was marred by a rainstorm that delayed the game for several minutes. Once again, The Dalles jumped out to an early lead as the Riverhawks scored the first 10 runs of the game. However, Crook County never gave up, scoring the final four runs of the contest as The Dalles held on for a 10-4 win.
The Cowgirls scored three runs in third inning, with Cossitt and Chloe McKenzie providing RBI singles. Danner Hemphill also scored on an error after hitting her way onto the basepaths. Once again, Mozingo notched a pinch-hit double to lead off the sixth, and she came around to score on a groundout RBI from Villastrigo. Alli Vaughan doubled in the seventh to collect the last of Crook County's five hits in the contest.
Weaver entered the circle again in Game 2, this time as the starter, and she pitched all seven innings. The sophomore struck out six while allowing nine hits and five walks.
With the losses, Crook County fell to fourth place in the Intermountain Conference with a 5-6 league record and a 10-10 overall mark. The Dalles, meanwhile, improved to third with a 6-5 league record and a 13-8 overall mark.
The two teams meet again on Tuesday, May 10, in The Dalles. Crook County then closes out the regular season with a trio of games against league-leading Pendleton.
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