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Softball against Mtn. View Tuesday
In a seesaw battle Tuesday in Prineville, the Crook County High softball team produced consistent offense and solid defense against Mtn. View.
   Looking to keep themselves in the playoff hunt, the Cowgirls combined for seven hits on the day, but a three-run fourth inning by the Cougars allowed the visiting team to seal the 6-4 win.
   Although Crook County didn't pick up the victory, the Cowgirls found ways to connect against Mtn. View pitcher Tracy VanOrsow.
   "We hit the ball a lot better than we did last time against her, so I was pretty happy with that," explained head coach Kevin Wooldridge. "It just came down to when they got people on base, they came up with a big hit and there's nothing we can do about that."
   The Cowgirls are now at 1-9 in Intermountain Conference play and 4-15 overall, while the Cougars move to 3-5 in the IMC and 7-10 overall.
   Mtn. View struck first on the scoreboard, taking a 2-0 lead in the top of the second. Crook County made it 2-1 in the bottom of the frame, and tied the game in the third when Hanna Kriege drove-in Tifinie Howard with the bases loaded.
   The Cougars regained the lead in the fourth, making it 5-2 Mtn. View, but in the fifth and the sixth innings, the Cowgirls made a comeback.
   In the fifth, Andrea Meadow's RBI single scored Emily Hancock, while Howard brought home Ashley George on a sacrifice an inning later, making it 5-4.
   "The girls waited and took some pretty good pitches," Wooldridge said. "She's (VanOrsow) not very fast, but she's very good on her location, so she makes you swing at pitches that are hard to hit."
   The Cougars scored one run in the final stanza to claim the win.
   Kriege had a two-hit performance for the Cowgirls offensively, while Joy Childress pitched shut-out innings in the first and third and Hancock gave up just one-run in her final three innings of relief.
   Next up for the Crook County squad is a matchup today with Bend at Uncle Lee's Fields. Game time begins at 4:30 p.m.
   Coach Wooldridge hopes to pull out the win for the contest and noted that almost every game his team has competed in has been a nail biter.
   "They've been working hard all year and they've been close in every game but two, close enough to be in there," he said about his team's efforts. "We're just inches away and I feel for them because they've worked very hard this year and they're just coming up short. It's tough and I could see it in their faces tonight (Tuesday)."