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Cowgirls split with Hermiston

Crook County is 2-1 in league going into important games with Pendleton

by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Sami Verity slides safely into home in teh Cowgirls' second game against Hermiston on Saturday.  Crook County and the Bulldogs split a pair of games on teh day, with Hermiston taking game one 5-4 and the Cowgirls winning game two 7-1.

The Crook County High School softball team split a pair of games with Hermiston on Saturday. The Bulldogs from Hermiston took game one 5-4 but the Cowgirls came back to take the second game of the doubleheader 7-1.
   "We outhit them seven to four in that first game," said Head Coach Tom Decker. "We had some chances to win that ballgame and it was just sort of unfortunate that we didn't, but we came back in the second game and really played well."
   In the first game the Cowgirls were led by Josi Verity, who went two-for-three from the plate with a triple and drove in two runs. Kelsey Casey pitched the first five innings for the Cowgirls , while Bre Crakes came in in relief to finish the game and suffered the loss.
   "It is really good to see her hitting the ball the way she is," said Decker. "She is just ripping the ball."
   The Cowgirls were hurt in the game by a couple of walks, and some errors as well as a couple of controversial calls on base running plays.
   In the second game of the doubleheader the Cowgirls left nothing to chance completely shutting down the Bulldogs. Paige Buswell went 2-4 in game two with a triple while Sami Verity, Emily Gannon, and Kasey George all went 2-3.
   Crakes pitched the complete game shutout and helped herself at the plate, getting two hits in four at bats.
   "We hit the ball really well in that second game," said Decker. "And again on the offensive end our baserunners are really pushing the defense. We are scoring runs so no matter what we will continue to play that aggressive offensive style that we really like. We are leading the IMC in runs scored by a lot, and we have already scored more runs than we did all last year."
   The Cowgirls are off until Saturday, when they play a doubleheader at home against Pendleton. The Buckaroos are currently undefeated on the year and look to be the team to beat in the IMC this season. The team is also having their annual barbecue fundraiser on Saturday from 2-4 p.m. Cost of the barbecue is $5.
   "They are going to be a formidable foe, but our kids are ready to play so we are looking forward to the challenge and we have a week to prepare," said Decker.
   Hermiston 002 021 0 - 5 4 1
   Crook County 021 000 1 - 4 7 3
   Lindzy and Heyne. Casey, Crakes and S. Reece. W - Lindy, L - Crakes. 2B - Hermiston, Fondley, Crook County, J. Verity
   3B - Hermiston Hancock, Crook County j. Verity.
   Hermiston 001 000 0 - 1 6 1
   Crook County 021 031 0 - 7 13 4
   Walchi and Heyne, Crakes and S. Reece. W - Crakes. L - Walchi. 2B - Crook County, Waite. 3B - Crook County, Buswell, S. Verity.