T-Birds go 5-0 in Cowtown Classic

ODESSA , Texas — Lack of practice didn't seem to have an adverse effect on the Cloud County Community College softball team.
Despite practicing outside just three times, the Thunderbirds opened their season by winning all five games in the Cowtown Classic on Friday and Saturday.
Cloud County won three games on Friday, and then downed Ranger College 4-1 and Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa 7-3 on Saturday.
Trailing Ranger 1-0, the T-Birds scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to capture the win.
Ashley Johnson drove in two runs with a triple in the inning.
Tristen Turner knocked in a run with a double, and Kelsey Jones had a run-producing single.
Jones pitched all seven innings to get the win. She gave  up one unearned run on two hits, struck out nine and walked two.
Turner, Jones and Brianna Brooks had two hits each for the T-Birds.
Cloud County jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa.
Leading 2-1, the T-Birds added two runs in the top of the third inning.
Northern Oklahoma scored one run in the bottom of the third.
Cloud County pushed the lead to 6-2 with two runs in the top of the fourth.
Northern Oklahoma added one run in the bottom of the inning.
The T-Birds scored a run in the seventh.
Savanna Luke pitched five innings and allowed three runs on seven hits, struck out three and walked four in getting the win.
Kylie Trobee worked two innings and gave up four hits. She struck out two and walked one.
Jones had three hits and drove in two  runs for the T-Birds.
Trobee had two this and knocked in two runs.
Sami Zirkle and Sierra Eason had two hits each.
Cloud County went 3-0 on Friday.
The T-Birds slipped past Western Oklahoma State, 5-4.
Cloud County took a 3-0 lead in the second inning.
Western Oklahoma put up four runs in the third inning, and led 4-3.
Cloud County tied the game with a run in the fifth inning.
Zirkle doubled home Madison Bryant in the sixth inning to put the T-Birds on top to stay, 5-4.
Trobee worked three scoreless innings in relief of Jones to get the win. She did not allow a hit, and struck out one.
Jones allowed four runs on three hits, struck out four and walked five in four innings.
Zirkle was 3-for-4 at the plate with two runs batted in.
Kasie Garrison had two  hits.
Cloud County rolled past Western Texas, 12-5.
Trailing 4-0, the T-Birds scored four runs in the top of the fourth inning.
Western Texas reclaimed the lead at 5-4 with a run in the bottom of the fourth.
Eason hit a grand slam home run in the top of the sixth inning to give Cloud County an 8-5 lead.
The T-Birds added four runs in the seventh.
Luke went three and a third innings and gave up five runs on seven hits, struck out two and walked four.
Trobee pitched three and two-thirds scoreless innings to get the win. She gave up three hits and struck out one.
Eason had three hits and drove in four runs.
Nicole DeMars was 3-for-4 with two runs batted in.
Garrison had two hits and Jones drove in four runs.
Cloud County downed 17th-ranked North Central Texas College, 5-3.
The T-Birds scored two runs in the second inning and two in the third to go up 4-0.
North Central Texas made it a one run game with three runs in the top of the fourth inning.
Cloud County added a run in the fifth.
Jones gave up three runs on six hits, struck out six and walked two in seven innings to get the win.
Zirkle had two hits in the game.
Johnson and Jones drove in two runs each.

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