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Cougars blast 16 hits to just five for Cowboys as they win in five innings on 10-run rule

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Clayton Wilkins is called out in a short play at home plate in the second inning of the Cowboys' 13-3 loss to the Mountain View Cougras in a game that was played Friday night in Prineville.After winning five of their last six games, the Crook County Cowboys ran into a buzz saw on Friday as they lost 13-3 to the Mountain View Cougars in a game that was shortened to five innings due to the 10-run rule.

"It was tough," Crook County head coach Kramer Croisant said. "I think that their pitchers are a little better than what we've seen as far as in the past like the Madras tournament. And then they were just jumping on the baseball. They had tons of hits. They were just hitting us."

Mountain View jumped on Crook County starting pitcher Carson Smith in the first inning, taking advantage of Cowboy miscues to score a pair of runs.

The Cougars added three more runs in the second inning, and it could have been worse as Mountain View rapped five hits in the inning, including a pair of doubles.

Brody Connell came in to relieve Smith on the mound to start the third inning, but the Cougars continued to hit the ball hard, scoring two more runs in the inning to extend their lead to 7-0.

However, the Cowboys battled back into the game in the bottom half of the third inning, scoring three runs of their own, to close the gap to just four runs. With one out, Hunter Bishop got hit with a pitch, starting the Crook County rally. Ethan Cossitt singled before Garett Bernard struck out, but reached base on a passed ball. Bishop scored on the play. Cossitt then tried to score on a wild pitch but was called out at the plate.

Then, with two outs, Carson Smith reached base on an error, scoring Bernard. Clayton Wilkins then singled. A Diego Smith walk loaded the bases before Carson Smith scored on another wild pitch.

Mountain View finally got out of the inning as Justin Smith struck out looking.

The Cougars exploded for six more runs in the top of the fourth inning off of Wilkins, who came in to relieve Connell at the start of the inning.

Neither team was able to score again as Mountain View came away with the easy win.

The Cougars blasted 16 hits in the five innings of play, while Crook County could muster just five hits.

Wilkins finished with two hits, while Carson Smith, Bishop and Bernard each added a hit.

"I don't believe that we necessarily played poorly," Croisant said. "They just hit the ball really well."

With the loss, the Cowboys fell to 6-4, while Mountain View improved to 3-3.

The Cowboys are back in action on Tuesday when they host Silverton in their final non-league game of the year.

"I think we need to have a little bit better approach at the plate early in counts," Croisant said. "I think it just comes down to us having a better approach and not swinging at-bat pitches. That was a pretty good team, and I think we can learn from that."

Mountain View 13, Crook County 3

At Davidson Field in Prineville

Mountain View 232 60 — 13 16 0

Crook County 003 00 — 3 5 3

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