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Cowboys run record to 4-0

Crook County wins both ends of a doubleheader against the North Medford Black tornado

by: FRED HOUSTON JR/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Santana Reece dives to block the plate in the Cowgirls first game against North Medford.  The runner was called out on the play.

The Crook County High School softball team is 4-0 after taking both games of a twinbill from North Medford on Tuesday.
   The Cowgirls won the first game of the doubleheader 13-3 in six innings and then came back to win the nightcap 9-7.
   In the first game the Cowgirls gave up three early runs, but battled back to take the lead in the fourth inning and then took control in the fifth and sixth innings.
   "The first game was a real good ballgame until we scored eight runs in the sixth inning," said Head Coach Tom Decker. "We just got on fire. We started out a little shaky but the kids came right back and played really well."
   Kelsey Casey pitched a complete game for the victory, while both Paige Buswell and Santana Reece were 4-4 from the plate leading the offensive onslaught.
   In the second game of the doubleheader Bre Crakes got the win, also pitching a complete game.
   "We played really well the first game," said Decker. "Then in the second game I thought that we lost focus a little bit around the third inning. We had a pretty good lead and then we just couldn't get an out. We had six errors in the ballgame which is just way too many."
   In the second game Crakes was 2-3 from the plate and Sidney Waite was 2-4 with three RBI's, while Santana Reece was 1-3 with 2 RBI's.
   "Santana has just stepped up and become our leader and that is just a real positive for us," said Decker.
   In both games the Cowgirls did a good job of putting pressure on the defense with their aggressive baserunning and timely hitting.
   "We are running the bases really well," said Decker. "We really do pressure the defense. Our kids put the ball in play and then run like little rabbits and you can see it starts wearing the other team down after awhile. It is so hard to defend."
   The Cowgirls have a busy schedule coming up over spring vacation. They play a doubleheader on Saturday at Thurston High School in Eugene with the first game scheduled to begin at 12. Then they play home games on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
   "We are real pleased with where we are right now," said Decker. "The throwing errors and that kind of stuff we want to get better, but we are not really worried about that because we are really pretty good defensive players. And those kind of things will fix themselves."