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    Cowgirls battle No. 1 Henley tough

    By Lon Austin,


    Wednesday, April 3, the Crook County High School softball team hosted No. 1-ranked Henley in what was scheduled to be a doubleheader.

    The Hornets won game one 15-12, but game two was not completed, being called for darkness at the end of four innings with the score tied 2-2. Saturday the two teams met again, this time in Klamath Falls to finish the unfinished game and play a second game, with Henley coming out on top in both games.

    Crook County took the lead in the makeup game with a run in the fifth inning, but Henley exploded for five runs in the sixth to take a 7-3 lead. Henley added three more runs in the top of the seventh. Crook County tried to come back in the bottom half of the inning, scoring a pair of runs, but it was too little too late as Henley won 10-5.

    Game two probably should have been won by the Cowgirls, who led 8-3 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning. However, Henley came back to tie the game with five runs in the bottom half of the inning, and finally took a 9-8 win with a run in the bottom of the ninth inning. With the wins, Henley solidified their hold on their No. 1 power ranking, while Crook County, which was third heading into the week, but dropped to seventh after defeating Madras twice, fell all the way to ninth place with the pair of losses.

    Crook County managed just four hits in game one while Henley finished with six. Crook County pitchers struck out 12 batters, but they also walked 12, while Henley’s pitchers walked just four and struck out seven. Henley managed to win despite making five errors, to just two for Crook County.

    Tylee Cossitt had a triple in the contest for Crook County, while Anna Harper had a home run for Henley.

    Game two saw Crook County score three runs in the first inning. The Cowgirls added three more in the top of the third to run their lead to 6-0. However, Henley scored a pair of runs in the bottom half of the third and added another run in the fourth to keep the game close. The Cowgirls added two more runs in the sixth, but it turned out to not be enough as Henley was able to come back with five runs in the bottom of the seventh.

    Jaycee Villastrigo started in the circle for Crook County, completing six innings, and allowing just four hits. However, Villastrigo walked six batters and the Cowgirls committed six errors in the game. Villastrigo was replaced in the circle by Raelynn Weaver in the seventh inning with no outs and the Cowgirls clinging to a one run lead. Weaver gave up the final run of the seventh inning, then threw a scoreless inning before Henley was able to score the winning run in the bottom half of the ninth inning.

    The Cowgirls outhit the Hornets 10-6 in the contest, with doubles from Danner Hemphill and Cossitt. Hemphill, Villastrigo, Kaylyn Fildes and Cossitt all stole bases. Harper had another home run for Henley in the contest, while Jillian Vickery and Suzy Nichols each had doubles.

    With the wins Henley improves to 16-2 on the year, while the Cowgirls fell to 11-6. Things don’t get any easier for Crook County this week as they play no. 2 ranked The Dalles , 10-1, 6-0, on the road on Monday, then host the Riverhawks Wednesday in games that could go a long ways toward determining the Tri-Valley Conference championship. Game time for both games is 4:30 p.m.

    Henley 10, Crook County 5 at Henley

    Game 1

    Henley – 2 0 0 0 0 5 3 – 10 6 5

    Crook County – 0 1 1 0 1 0 2 – 5 4 2

    Game 2

    Crook County – 3 0 3 0 0 2 0 0 0 – 8 10 6

    Henley – 0 0 2 1 0 0 5 0 1 – 9 6 3

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