Crook County scores 12 runs in first two innings to put game out of reach

The Crook County Cowgirls dominated play as they cruised to 13-1 home win over the La Pine Hawks in Wednesday afternoon softball LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGOINAN - Jena Ovens slides safely into home with an inside-the-park home run during the Cowgirls' 13-1 win over the La Pine Hawks Wednesday afternoon.

“We did some good things,” said Crook County Head Coach Jessica Cross. “We hit the ball hard and moved runners around like we are supposed to do, but we still have some things to work on.”

The Hawks mounted their biggest threat of the game in the top of the first inning. La Pine’s leadoff hitter singled up the middle. An infield single left runners on first and second. Then, with two outs, starting pitcher Emily Benton walked a batter, to load the bases.

However, Benton calmly struck out the next batter ending the inning.

Crook County took advantage of La Pine errors to score four runs in the bottom of the first, then blasted eight more runs in the bottom of the second inning to take control of the game.

Leadoff hitter Jena Ovens started the second inning with a bunt single. Later in the inning, Ovens had the big blast of the game, an inside the park home run.

La Pine scored their lone run of the game in the third inning without hitting a ball out of the infield. The leadoff batter beat out an infield single. After a walk and a fielder’s choice, the Hawks had runners on first and second. The two runners advanced on a passed ball. La Pine finally scored when Crook County catcher Aspen Christiansen attempted to throw out the runner at third base. Instead of returning to third, the runner broke for home and slid under the tag.

La Pine’s next batter ground out to third base, ending the threat.

Meanwhile, with the big lead, the Cowgirls substituted freely, giving their bench an opportunity to play.

“We got up early, so we got the opportunity to get everybody in the game,” Cross said.

The Cowgirls added their final run of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. Crook County didn’t come to the plate again as the game was stopped after four and a half innings due to the 10-run rule.

Benton pitched the complete game for the Cowgirls, striking out six, while allowing just three hits in the contest.

“Benton is working hard and she’s getting lots of movement on the ball,” Cross said. “She’s just getting better as the season progresses.”

While Benton was silencing the La Pine hitters, Crook County took advantage of seven La Pine errors to score their 13 runs on just five hits.

Ovens was the offensive star of the game, going two for three from the plate and scoring three times in the contest.

With the win the Cowgirls raised their record to 5-2, while the Hawks fell to 4-3 on the year.

Crook County does not play again until Friday, April 11 when they go on the road to take on the 3-3 Estacada Rangers in a 4 p.m. contest. The Cowgirls open Intermountain Hybrid league play on Wednesday, April 16 when they travel to Redmond for a 3 p.m. doubleheader.

Crook County 13, La Pine 1

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La Pine 0 0 1 0 0 x x — 1 3 7

Crook County 4 8 0 1 x x x — 13 5 1

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