Cowgirls earn split with Mazama after 9-0 victory

Bre Crakes’ pitching leads Cowgirls to victory in second game

by: ANNEMARIE KNEPPER/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Bre Crakes allowed two hits and struck out eight batters in the second game of the Crook County -Mazama doubleheader on Friday.

KLAMATH FALLS - While it may not have been a day-night doubleheader, the Crook County Cowgirls played like it was "night and day" in two non-conference games against Mazama on Friday.
   In game one, the Cowgirls lost 7-2 to the Vikings, but returned the favor in game two, thumping Mazama in an error-free 9-0 victory.
   "It was night and day," Coach Tom Decker said about his Cowgirls. "It was like two different teams."
   In game one, Hayley Porterfield pitched six innings, allowing seven runs (five earned) on six hits while striking out four. Behind her in the field, the Cowgirls had four errors.
   "We didn't play aggressive softball like we've been playing," Decker said. "We were a little lethargic and we weren't playing with authority like we normally do."
   The Cowgirls (7-4 overall) were within striking distance in game one until the fifth inning. After allowing two runs in the first inning, the Cowgirls plated two of their own to trail Mazama 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth.
   But Viking Quemby Cox broke the game open with her only hit of the game, a three-run homer, that put Mazama up 6-2 with two innings remaining.
   "That hurt us," Decker said. "It was 3-2, we came back, but that broke our back and hurt us pretty bad."
   Porterfield added a double at the plate and teammate Josi Verity had a triple. Tamera Ontko, Kaitlyn Duncan, Sydney Waite, and Santana Reece all added singles for the Cowgirls.
   For Mazama, Ali Edwards pitched six innings, allowing two runs on six hits and struck out five.
   Game two of the doubleheader, however, was a completely different story.
   Led by seven shutout innings from pitcher Bre Crakes, the Cowgirls marched to a convincing 9-0 win to split the two games.
   "She pitched a tremendous ball game," Decker said about Crakes, who allowed just two hits and struck out eight Viking batters.
   At the plate for the Cowgirls, Waite hit 2 of 4 with three runs scored, and Reece hit 3 of 4 with a double and three RBI's.
   "It was great to see her get going at the plate," Decker said about Reece. "She struggled a little bit early, but she had two outstanding ball games (against Mazama)."
   The Cowgirls connected for four runs in the first inning, three runs in the fifth, and two more in the seventh.
   "(Duncan) started with a single, stole a base, Kasey George moved her around, and Waite knocked her in," Decker said of the opening inning. "Then Porterfield got hit by a pitch, and Santana (Reece) hit a double and everybody scored."
   More importantly, the Cowgirls did not commit an error in the second game.
   "When we're playing solid defense and getting good pitching, we're hard to beat," the coach added.
   Mazama's Lacey Garrett pitched five innings, and allowed seven runs (four earned) on six hits.
   The Cowgirls (0-2 Intermountain Conference) will look to win their first conference game at home today, Tuesday, against Mountain View.
   "It's good to get a solid win like that going into IMC play," Decker said. "We're looking to get on that winning side in the IMC, and we want to stay there for awhile."