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Cowgirls defeat Thurston

Crook County runs their record to 6-0 with two victorys over Colts, then fall to Ashland and Silverton Monday

by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Sammi Verity makes sure of her catch at first during the Cowgirls loss to Silverton on Monday.


   The Crook County High School softball team is busy over spring break. Already they have played four games since spring vacation began last Friday.
   The team won a pair of games at Thurston on Saturday then lost single games to both Ashland and Silverton on Monday.
   "The Thurston games were two big blowouts," said Head Coach Tom Decker. "We really hit the ball well from the beginning to the end."
   The Cowgirls tamed the Colts 15-1, 13-1, dominating both games. Crook County jumped on top 7-0 in the first inning of game one and that set the tone for the entire day.
   Crook County amassed 27 hits in the two games while running their record to 6-0 for the season.
   Kelsey Casey pitched a complete game in the first game of the doubleheader for the victory while Bre Crakes got the victory in the second game, also pitching a complete game.
   For the two games Sydney Waite was 6-7 from the plate driving in five runs, with three doubles and a triple. Paige Buswell also went 6-7 from the plate and scored seven runs. TaNeshia Fulton came off the bench to go 3-4 with a double, a triple, and 3 RBIs in her first major action of the season.
   As well as the Cowgirls hit the ball on Saturday on the road, Monday was a whole different story.
   "I wish that we had saved some of those hits for today," said Decker on Monday after the suffered their first losses of the season.
   The Cowgirls started their day Monday with a tough loss to Ashland.
   The Grizzlies jumped on top 2-0, but Crook County battled back, tying the game with two runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth inning.
   Ashland scored three times in the top of the seventh inning to take a 5-2 lead and the Cowgirls were unable to answer.
   "This was the highest caliber pitcher that we have faced all year and it took us awhile to get going," said Decker. "That pitcher struck 13 kids out, but we actually hit her fairly well. We got five hits off of her."
   Waite and Sammi Verity each had a double for the Cowgirls in the loss.
   "It was a good learning experience. When the polls come out Ashland is probably going to be up there in the top five so it is good to see that we can compete with that caliber of team," said Decker.
   In their second game Monday the Cowgirls never got on track, falling to Silverton 9-2.
   The Foxes pounded out 11 hits and scored five of its nine runs in the fifth inning.
   "We just could not get started," said Decker. "The pitcher from Silverton was throwing a lot of spin pitches and stuff, but our kids were not disciplined at the plate. We were swinging at poor pitches and not making her throw strikes."
   In spite of poor hitting it was defense that really let the Cowgirls down.
   "We didn't play well defensively," said Decker. "We had some errors, but it was poor decision making and holding on to the ball too long. We did things that we don't normally do. Then it just compounded itself and all of a sudden it's wow, somebody stop the bleeding."
   With the losses the Cowgirls record falls to 6-2 for the season.
   The team faces Century and Centennial High Schools on Tuesday with game times scheduled for 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Crook County High School. They continue their busy schedule with home games against Clackamas on Wednesday, and Mazama on Thursday.
   "I know that we are going to come out and play a lot better softball," said Decker. "We can't dwell on what's happened. I anticipate that we will come back and hopefully be stronger."