North Lake’s Cowgirls lost twice to the Chiloquin Queens in a doubleheader played on Tuesday, April 2. In the first game of the doubleheader, the Cowgirls managed to keep it close, but still lost 24-15. The second game was a more lopsided affair, with the Queens struggling to score throughout, and eventually succumbing to the Queens, 19-4. The losses come on the heels of a 22-2 drubbing against the Oakridge Warriors, and a 20-0 shutout in their season-opener against the Lowell Devils, per OSAA.org.
The 0-4 Cowgirls are a junior team that’s been dealt a tough hand with an unfavorable schedule thus far, drawing strictly varsity opponents. In the doubleheader, freshman Abby Ward started at pitcher. Head coach Kerry Caldwell commented on his team.
“The school (North Lake) hasn’t had a varsity team in 7 years,” he said, “and no girl has played more than 5 weeks.”
Because of that, the Cowgirls are learning on the fly. Caldwell mostly credits the losses to mental errors, citing instances of walking batters and giving up runs they shouldn’t have given up.
“It’s frustrating,” he said. “We make too many errors and they score off mental errors and walking.”