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The Cowgirls took out Corvallis and Clackamas in their first two games, earning themselves a top-three place at state.

PMG PHOTO: LON AUSTIN - Gretchen Fewell rips a double for the Crook County Little League All-Stars at the Junior League Softball state tournament in Redmond on Friday, July 15. Crook County finished in third place at the state tournament.

The Crook County All-Stars took third place at the Junior League Softball state tournament in Redmond this past weekend.

The Cowgirls started out hot in the three-day event, defeating both Corvallis and Clackamas on Friday, July 15, before being knocked into the consolation bracket after a loss to La Grande the following day. In a closely contested game played Sunday, July 17, Crook County fell to Klamath Falls 12-9 to finish with a third-place medal. La Grande went on to beat Klamath Falls in the championship round to advance to the regional tournament in Tucson, Arizona.

"We are so proud of this group of girls for working so hard this season," said Shae Cox, the Crook County Little League Director of Softball, in a social media post on the CCLL's Facebook page. "Thank you coaches for your time and dedication to help these girls reach the state tournament level of play."

The juniors softball team, which consists of the county's oldest Little League players, put up a great fight while many played their final game before officially joining the high school ranks.

"We would like to wish those moving on from the Crook County Little League program the best of luck in their future softball careers," Cox added. "We are proud of you, say, we are proud of you!"

PMG PHOTO: LON AUSTIN - Claire Leseman pitched the first six innings in the Crook County All-Stars' win over Corvallis in the opening round of the state tournament Friday, July 15, in Redmond.Crook County, which won the District 5 championship last month, opened things up with a 14-6 win over District 6 champion Corvallis in the opening round of the tournament. The Cowgirls then followed that performance up with a 21-11 drubbing of the District 2 champs, Clackamas. The team was unable to find that same offense on Saturday, July 16, as they fell to La Grande 4-0. That loss put them into the consolation final against Klamath Falls, and though the Cowgirls did not come away victorious, they did come away with some hard-earned hardware.

The Crook County All-Stars junior league softball team was made up of players between the ages of 12 and 14. The 13-player roster included Lindsey Adkins, Jolene Bartolotti, Gretchen Fewell, Danika Halvorson, Kylie Halvorson, Kelcie Kensinger, Greyson Kline, Mattalyn Kline, Claire Leseman, Adyson Luna, Aleya Pagan, Moriah Riley and Ellee Schippert. The team was managed by Tiffany Fewell, with John Riley and Tony Luna serving as assistant coaches.

"Coaching has been the most rewarding and fulfilling experience," said Tiffany Fewell via her own Facebook page. "I am truly sad it's over. I loved every minute of this season. Both the girls and the coaches brought me so much joy sharing a love for the best sport of all time! But my most favorite part was sharing it with my daughter Gretchen."

It was a good season overall for Crook County Little League All-Stars, which saw its juniors softball team win the Oregon District 5 Little League title and then take third place at state. Three other CCLL teams — majors softball, 11U baseball and minors baseball — finished in third place at their district tournaments in Madras last month.

The league will now wrap things up for the summer by hosting the Junior League Baseball All-Stars state tournament at Davidson Field in Prineville this upcoming weekend. The double-elimination tournament begins Saturday, July 23. Below is a full schedule of games:

Game 1: East County (D2 champion) vs. Del Norte (D8) - Saturday, July 23, 8:30 a.m.

Game 2: La Grande (D3) vs. South Salem (D7) - Saturday, July 23, 11:30 a.m.

Game 3: Wilsonville (D4) vs. winner of Game 1 - Saturday, July 23, 2:30 p.m.

Game 4: Jefferson County (D5) vs. winner of Game 2 - Saturday, July 23, 5:30 p.m.

Game 5: Loser of Game 1 vs. loser of Game 4 - Sunday, July 24, 8:30 a.m. (elimination game)

Game 6: Loser of Game 2 vs. loser of Game 3 - Sunday, July 24, 11:30 a.m. (elimination game)

Game 7: Winner of Game 3 vs. winner of Game 4 - Sunday, July 24, 2:30 p.m. (winner advances to Championship)

Game 8: Winner of Game 5 vs. winner of Game 6 - Sunday, July 24, 5:30 p.m. (elimination game)

Game 9: Loser of Game 7 vs. winner of Game 8 - Monday, July 25, 2:30 p.m. (elimination game)

Game 10: Winner of Game 7 vs. winner of Game 9 - Monday, July 25, 5:30 p.m. (Championship Game 1)

Game 11: Winner of Game 10 vs. loser of Game 10 - Tuesday, July 26, 9 a.m. (Championship Game 2, if necessary)


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