Cowgirls win two over weekend

CCHS softball team wins both games in a doubleheader against Sisters Saturday
In a five-game stretch that opened at home against Elmira Friday, the Crook County High School softball team secured two victories, including 4-1 and 13-7 wins in a doubleheader at Sisters Saturday. With their weekend performance, the Cowgirls move to 3-5 on the year and will face North Salem at home Wednesday.
   On Friday, Elmira's freshman pitcher gave a no-hit performance on the mound for the Falcons, as the Cowgirls fell 4-0. Freshman pitcher Emily Hancock pitched the third inning on out and shut out the Falcons in the last four innings of the contest.
   CCHS head coach Kevin Wooldridge said that Elmira's starting pitching may be the best the team has faced this year.
   "I thought with her location and the balls she was throwing, she was the best pitcher we've faced so far, and she's only a freshman too," Wooldridge said. "Defensively, I thought we played pretty well."
   Highlights on the defensive side for the Cowgirls included a play at home in which Chelsea Hallet made a monster throw from center field to catcher Hanna Kriege for the play at the plate, preventing any further Elmira runs from scoring.
   On Saturday, Joy Childress used a three-strikeout performance to lead her team past the Outlaws 4-1. Crook County compiled two runs in the first inning and added two runs in the seventh to earn the win.
   During the second game of the doubleheader, Kriege powered two triples and two singles in the 13-7 victory, going four for four with a sacrifice. Hancock also connected for a triple. In addition to her dominance at the plate, Kriege compiled a complete game on the mound, shutting out Sisters in the first three innings of the game.
   "We gave them some runs that we shouldn't have with some mental mistakes, but overall we didn't play too bad," Wooldridge said.
   On Monday, the Cowgirls fell in two games to Milwaukee 6-1, 10-3 respectively, but compiled eight hits in the two contests.
   In the first game, the Mustangs scored one run in the second inning, then broke the contest open with a four-run fifth. Childress pitched two shut-out innings for Crook County, while Kriege gave up just one run in two innings of relief.
   In game two, the Cowgirls scored runs in the first, fifth and seventh innings, but were unable to come away with the win.
   "We played two half games," Wooldridge explained. "We played one half in the first game and one half in the second. We have to put it together for one full game."
   The Cowgirls combined for eight errors in game two..
   "When you play these good teams, they're going to make you pay for your mistakes and they did," he said.
   The Cowgirls see action Wednesday at home against North Salem. Game time begins at 3 p.m., while North Salem plays David Douglas at Crook County at 12 noon.