Crook County softball all-stars host Distirct 5 Tournament
- David Richards
- Central Oregonian - Features
bers of the Crook County softball all-star teams don't have to travel very far this year to compete.
The District 5 Tournament is being held at the Les Schwab Fields in Prineville. Minors and majors action began Sunday, with juniors scheduled to start later this week.
In the double elimination tournament, the CC 9-10 minors needed just four innings to get past Bend Combined Sunday afternoon, doing so by a score of 13-3.
Crook County drew seven walks in the bottom of the first inning and used solid base running to make them count.
"We just stole and stole and stole," said Crook County manager Vicki Duncan. "We were pretty aggressive on the bases."
Kaitlyn Duncan was the first to score for CC, followed by Sami Verity, Lindsey Dunn and Sydney Waite to give Crook County an early 4-0 lead.
The offense continued for the minors. The Prineville team connected for seven singles throughout the contest, while backing up her team on the mound was Dunn, who finished the day with seven strikeouts.
On Monday afternoon, the minors took on Hood River and despite a two-single effort by Dunn, doubles by Duncan and Courtney Allen and a single by McKenna Ontko, the Crook County team fell by a score of 27-7. Hood River used a 17-run third inning and took advantage of 10 CC errors in the frame en route to victory.
"We really didn't give up that many walks," Duncan said. "But if there was an error to be made, we made it."
The minors are still alive in the tournament and play Redmond at 9:30 a.m. today.
"I want them to come back and show some real composure," Duncan said. "I kind of want them to relax, enjoy the game and play hard."
The Crook County 11-12 majors opened play Sunday against Hood River.
Hillary Pennington and Celee Ontko each belted a single and scored a run in the fourth inning for CC, but it wasn't enough to fend off the Hood River squad from clinching the 14-2 win.
"Hood River had a really good pitcher and we just couldn't hit her," said CC manager Roger Casey.
In Monday's contest, Crook County faced Redmond in a see-saw battle, as both teams knocked in eight runs by the top of the fourth.
CC scored two more in the fourth, but Redmond's three runs in the bottom of that frame made the difference. Redmond went on to win 11-10, ending Crook County's tournament.
Coach Casey said he saw a 100 percent turnaround in his team's play from Sunday to Monday.
"They were wanting to win and they showed it today," he said Monday of his squad's performance. "Either team could have won it. They looked really sharp today."
The offense was led by a fourth-inning triple from Pennington and a three for four effort from Kelsey Casey.