Crook County runs league mark to 5-1 with home victory over Mountain View

The Crook County Cowgirls are tied for first place in the Intermountain Hybrid League following a hard-fought 7-3 win over the Mountain View Cougars on Friday.

The win gave the Cowgirls a 2-1 advantage in the season series against the LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Regan Chavez slides safely into third base in the first inning of the Cowgirl's 7-3 win over the Mountain View Cougars.

“We really should have had that third game,” Crook County Head Coach Jessica Cross said. “We just came out so flat on Wednesday, but you know a win is a win, and two out of three is better than the other way around.”

Friday, the home Cowgirls struggled to get going early in their contest with the Cougars. The team scored a run in the bottom of the first inning when a Kaylee Johnson-Wright single scored Aspen Christiansen. However, the Cowgirls stranded runners on second and third as the Cougars got out of the inning without giving up any additional runs.

Crook County seemingly took control of the game in the third inning as they blasted four hits and took advantage of two Cougar errors to score four runs. Back to back doubles by Emily Benton and Johnson-Wright were the big hits of the inning.

Leading 5-0, the Cowgirls appeared to relax and the Cougars came storming back. Mountain View took advantage of mental errors by the Cowgirls to score a pair of runs in the top of the fourth to make it 5-2. The Cougars could have had an even bigger inning, but a runner was thrown out on a close play at home.

The Cowgirls manufactured a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning. A hustling Jena Ovens beat out an infield single to start off the inning. Ovens moved to second on a wild throw to first, then advanced to third on a weak ground ball. Ovens finally scored on a sacrifice fly by Christiansen.

Mountain scored one more run in the sixth. However, Ovens blasted a solo home run in the bottom half as the Cowgirls maintained control of the contest.

Ovens went 3 for 4, half the team's hit, as the Cowgirls out-hit the Cougars 6 to 5.

Emily Benton pitched the complete game for Crook County to earn the win.

The victory sets up a showdown this week with the Ridgeview Ravens to determine the winner of Special District I. Like the Cowgirls, the Ravens are 5-1 in Intermountain Hybrid League Play. Ridgeview is 10-3 so far this season, while the Cowgirls have moved their record to 12-3. However, the Ravens are by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Kelsee Martin stretches to make a close play at first base in the seventh inning of the Cowgirl's win over Mountain View.ranked seventh in the latest Class 4A power rankings, while the Cowgirls, who at least on paper have played a weaker schedule, are mired in 16th place in the latest standings.

The winner of this week’s three-game series will be guaranteed at least a play-in game, and possibly a bye into the first round of the playoffs, while the loser will have to wait to see if they qualify for an at-large berth into the play-in round.

“We aren’t going to do anything different,”?Cross said about the key league showdown. “What we are doing is working. We are manufacturing runs and it’s turning into wins, so that’s what we are going to keep doing.”

The Cowgirls will host the Ravens in a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m. on Wednesday. The two teams will finish the series on Friday in Redmond with a 4:30 p.m. game.

Crook County 7, Mountain View 3

Mountain View 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 — 3 5 1

Crook County 1 0 4 1 0 1 x — 7 6 2

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