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Cowgirls begin league 1-0 with solid win over Mountain View

by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Teammates congratulate Santana Reece, with helmet, after she hit her first of two homeruns on Tuesday in the Cowgirls 10-3 victory over Mountain View.  The win was the Cowgirls 10th win of the season, and makes them 1-0 to start league play.

The Crook County High School softball team defeated Mountain View 10-3 on Tuesday to start Intermountain Conference play.
   "I was really pleased with how we played," said Head Coach Tom Decker. "I'm high on our kids. I mean they come out and have a good time and I think that's why they are having such success. They enjoy each others' company and they are a team."
   The Cowgirls got good pitching from both Kelsey Casey and Bre Crakes in the game with the two pitchers combining to give up just six hits.
   "Kelsey was pitching well and I could have left her in longer, but we have a doubleheader coming up and I want to keep her fresh and strong for this weekend," said Decker. "I'm happy with the way we played. We did good and this is the first time since I've been here that we have started league 1-0."
   The Cowgirls were led by Santana Reece who was three-for-four from the plate with two homeruns, and Sami Verity was also three-for-four with three runs driven in. Kaitlyn Duncan and Paige Buswell also had good days, going two-for-four and two-for-five respectively.
   "Our lefthanders are always on base and making things happen for us," said Decker about the two.
   All together the Cowgirls pounded out 11 hits.
   "Not only are we hitting the ball, but we are running the bases," said Decker. "I always tell our kids to put pressure on the defense and we continue to do that. And we played great defense today."
   The Cowgirls are now 10-3 overall to go with their 1-0 league start, while Mountain View falls to 2-7 and 0-1 in the IMC.
   Up next for the Cowgirls is a home doubleheader with Hermiston on Saturday. Action starts at 12, with the second game to follow 20 to 30 minutes following the conclusion of the first game.
   "Hermiston lost quite a few kids from last year and they might be in a rebuilding year, but we aren't taking anyone lightly," said Decker. "We are going to prepare for them and play solid softball and just see what happens."