Cowgirls split with Madras

Cowgirls win rain-shortened game Tuesday, fall to Madras Wednesday

by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Santana Reece is called out at home in the rain at Madras on Tuesday.  Crook County won the game 7-2 in five innings.

The Crook County High School softball team split a pair of games against Madras over the week.
   On Tuesday the Cowgirls won a rain-shortened game 7-2 in five innings.
   "The weather was abysmal," said Head Coach Tom Decker. "It was pretty nasty but the kids came out and they actually got it done. I was really proud of that."
   Bre Crakes pitched all five innings to get the win giving up four hits and four walks while striking out five White Buffalos.
   "I thought Crakes pitched fantastic given the weather conditions," said Decker.
   The Cowgirls flexed their muscle during the game taking advantage of their power to hit three homeruns on the day. Sydney Waite led the team going three for three on the day driving in three RBI's and collecting back-to-back homeruns in the first and third innings. Santana Reece also had a big day going 2-2 with the Cowgirls other home run. Paige Buswell had the Cowgirls only other hit going 1-3 with a hard single that drove in two runs in the third inning.
   Madras scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to close the score to 7-2, then the umpires called the game because the field had become slick and unplayable.
   The two teams were scheduled to play a doubleheader but when the second game was rescheduled for Wednesday the Cowgirls did not fair nearly as well, with the White Buffalos coming out on top 8-3.
   Madras knocked out 12 hits in game two to only six for Crook County.
   "They were just hitting the ball, and we couldn't get anything going," said Decker. "It was a difficult day for us."
   The White Buffalos jumped on top 3-0 with three runs in the third inning. The Cowgirls answered with three runs of their own in the top of the fourth, led by Josi Verity's run scoring double. Madras scored four more runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth to add to their lead and then scored one more insurance run in the bottom of the fifth inning for the final 8-3 margin.
   "It's a setback and we are disappointed in the loss, but it doesn't change our focus," said Decker. "We are still deeply in the playoff hunt. We want to finish up strong and by no means will we let that game against Madras take away from what we intend to do."
   Even with the loss the Cowgirls remain in third place in the Intermountain Conference with a 6-3 league record and a 15-6 overall mark, while Madras finds themselves in fifth place with a 5-4 league record.
   The Cowgirls have the weekend off and then play an important matchup against fourth-place Summit at home on Tuesday, April 29, with game time scheduled for 4:30 p.m.