After fighting to stay above .500 through the first month of the season, the Crowder women’s softball team hopes to start putting some distance between the win and loss column the remainder of the way after sweeping Three Rivers Community College 6-3, 6-4 in a doubleheader at Lady ‘Riders Field on Friday.
“We weren’t real crisp, but we played well enough to win (Friday),” Lady ‘Riders coach Lori Videmschek said. “Overall, I was very pleased with us. Three Rivers is a very good team.”
The victories boosted the Lady ‘Riders to 10-7 overall, and perhaps gives them some momentum to build on as they prepare to play eight of their next 10 games at home.
Wasting no time on Friday, the Lady ‘Riders went on the offensive early in game one. After the Lady Raiders plated a run in the first inning on a pair of Crowder errors, the Lady ‘Riders answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning to go in front 2-1. Shelby Stuck got the rally started with a one-out single, and scored when the next batter, Carson Forge, tripled to right field to tie it, 1-1. Brooke Hulsey then chopped a grounder into center to score Forge on a single to make it 2-1.
They later opened it up further in the third with four more runs in the inning to go ahead 6-1. Three Rivers would add single runs in the fourth and fifth, but it wasn’t enough.
Allison Tonyan earned the win on the mound for the Lady ‘Riders, tossing five innings where she allowed four hits, three runs (one earned), walked one and struck out one. Her only real blemish was a solo homer by Cindy Nippe. Ashton Worth relieved Tonyan in the sixth where she finished it up by allowing no hits on one walk and three strikeouts in two innings.
The Lady ‘Riders beat up on Three Rivers’ starter Courtney Newman, who took the loss after allowing six earned runs on eight hits in three innings. Forge and Kala Crisp both pounded homers off of Newman.
Forge finished with two hits, two RBI and two runs scored, while Hulsey had two hits, an RBI and scored a run. Stuck, Shyanne Nichols, Crisp and Alexis Navarro each had hits for Crowder, while Stuck, Nichols and Crisp scored runs. Crisp also added two RBI and Nichols one.
Hulsey, meanwhile, went off in game two, as she pounded a two-run double and finished with four RBI and a run scored to lead Crowder to a 6-4 win. Jessica Neely had two hits and scored a pair of runs in the game, as well, while Stuck, Forge and Payton Appleberry had hits. Stuck scored a pair of runs and Forge one, while Forge and Appleberry also contributed an RBI.
Page 2 of 2 - Madison Barnes picked up the win in relief for Crowder, as she worked 2 2/3 of scoreless, one-hit ball with two strikeouts. She relieved Worth, who started the game and allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits with four walks and a strikeout in 3 1/3 innings.
“We’ve just got to keep working hard,” Videmschek said. “Things are starting to click a little bit. We’ll be alright towards the end (of the season).”
Crowder was scheduled to play a doubleheader against St. Charles on Saturday, but those games were postponed until Tuesday, where they will be played at 2 p.m. at Crowder.