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Crook County tops Summit

Cowgirls 5-2 and in third place in the IMC

by: FRED HOUSTON JR/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Santana Reece hits the ball during the Cowgirls victory over Summit on Friday.

The Crook County High School softball team has put themselves into contention for the league championship with an important 2-1 victory over the Summit Storm on Friday.
   "It was a very good game between a couple of good teams and I thought both teams played well," said Head Coach Tom Decker. "I am extremely proud of our kids."
   With the win the Cowgirls move to 5-2 in league and are alone in third place, one game behind both Pendleton and The Dalles/Wahtonka who are both 6-1. With the loss Summit fell to 4-3 and dropped all the way to fifth place in the league standings.
   The Cowgirls got on the board first, scoring one run in the first inning and scoring again in the fifth inning.
   Starting pitcher Bre Crakes pitched the complete game, limiting the Storm to just five hits in the game with the lone Summit run coming in the bottom of the seventh inning.
   "Bre pitched really well," said Decker.
   The Cowgirls put together seven hits in the game with Sydney Waite leading the way going 2 for 3 with a double. Also getting two hits was Josi Verity who went 2 for 4 with a double. Santana Reece, Sami Verity and Kasey George each had a single to round out the Cowgirls' hitting.
   "Summit is a solid team and they are hunting for a playoff spot just like the rest of us, so I was happy to get out of there with a win," said Decker. " It was extremely windy and the wind played a factor in the ballgame, but we held tight and came out on the winning side."
   The Cowgirls' next hurdle is a doubleheader at Madras today. The first game is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. with game two expected to start at approximately 4 p.m.
   "You never know about Madras," said Decker. "They've got some good players on that team-they are sort of scary and they can sneak up on you. But I am extremely pleased with how our kids are playing now."