Crook County blasts 38 hits en route to 16-4, 14-3, doubleheader win over Madras

The Crook County Cowgirls jumped on top early and never trailed as they swept a softball doubleheader over the Madras White Buffalos on LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Aspen Christiansen rips a single during the first inning of gane one of the Cowgirls' doubleheader  against the Madras White Buffalos. The Cowgirls won both games of the doubleheader, played on Saturday in Madras.

The Cowgirls scored seven runs in the top of the seventh inning of game one to break open a close game en route to a 16-4 victory. Then, in game two, Crook County scored four runs in the first inning and seven more in the fifth as they cruised to a 14-3 six-inning victory.

“I was so nervous coming in off of three weeks of practice when Madras had three games under their belt,” said first-year Crook County Head Coach Jessica Cross. “But the seniors did a great job with their leadership and the girls played really aggressive for their first game.”

However, what pleased Cross even more was how well the Cowgirls hit the ball against Madras pitcher Jasmine Reese. The Cowgirls blasted 38 hits in the two games while Crook County pitching held the White Buffalos to just 13 hits in the doubleheader.

“Everybody hit the ball really, really well,” Cross said. “Jasmine is a great pitcher and we knew that we had to pick the ball up early if we were going to hit the ball. We worked at it really hard on Thursday and Friday and we were able to hit a lot of holes."

Crook County starter Emily Benton went the distance in the first game, striking out five batters and walking just one in the victory. Freshman Hailey Smith pitched the first three innings of game two, scattering five hits and striking out one as the Cowgirls rolled to a 6-3 win. Benton came in to relieve Smith in the fourth inning and struck out three while limiting the White Buffalos to just two more hits in the contest.

“Emily pitched well,” Cross said. “And Hailey did really well for pitching her first high school game. She threw the ball over the plate and the girls were communicating well and they did a good job of supporting Hailey.”

In addition to her pitching, Benton was also a star at the plate in the first game, blasting five hits, including a pair of doubles. Benton also had four RBIs in the contest. Aspen Christiansen also hit the ball well in the game, finishing with four hits, while Bailee Wood added three hits including a double. Jena Ovens and Kelsee Martin were each 3 for 5 in the contest, while Ashley Bond added two hits and three RBIs.

In game two, Martin blasted three more hits, including a double and added four RBIs. Ovens added three more hits in the contest, while Taylor Hildebrand added a pair of hits and two RBIs.

The Cowgirl’s defense was also stellar as the team committed just one error in the two games. Meanwhile, Madras struggled defensively, finishing with 11 errors in the doubleheader.

“They fell apart a little bit and we’ve been working on taking advantage of other team’s miscues,” Cross said. “Our base running was pretty good.”

The Cowgirls played Philomath and Ashland on Monday in the Bend Softball Tournament, and are scheduled to play two more games today, also in Bend. Game times and location are still to be determined.

First game (seven innings)

Crook County 1 0 1 0 4 3 7 — 16 21 0

Madras 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 — 4 6 6

Second game (six innings)

Crook County 4 1 1 0 7 1 x — 14 17 1

Madras 2 0 1 0 0 0 x — 3 7 5

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