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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Crowder softball sweeps St. Charles

  • The Crowder Lady 'Riders softball team picked up where they left off on Friday as they earned their second sweep in as many chances by downing St. Charles Community College 3-1, 10-2, in a Region 16 doubleheader.
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  • The Crowder Lady 'Riders softball team picked up where they left off on Friday as they earned their second sweep in as many chances by downing St. Charles Community College 3-1, 10-2, in a Region 16 doubleheader.
    The victories moved the Lady 'Riders to 12-7 overall, and 4-0 in the Region. Three Rivers, whom Crowder swept in a doubleheader on Friday, downed Jefferson College in a pair of Region games today, as well.
    In what coach Lori Videmschek described as sort of a "sluggish" first game, the Lady 'Riders plated single runs in the first, third and fourth innings and made them hold up as starting pitcher Allison Tonyan dazzled the St. Charles offense on the mound. Tonyan earned the victory by allowing a run on eight hits with two strikeouts and a walk in the complete-game effort.
    Shyanne Nichols led Crowder's attack with two hits and scored a run, while Shelby Stuck, Morgan Coleman, Kala Crisp and Alexis Navarro added hits. Coleman drove in a run, while Jessica Neely, Stuck and Nichols each scored a run.
    That performance was just a hint of what was to come in game two, however, as the Lady 'Riders exploded for 10 runs on 13 hits to run-rule St. Charles in five innings.
    Neosho native Brooke Hulsey clubbed a home run and a double amongst her three hits at the dish, drove in three and scored twice to lead Crowder's offense.
    Neely, Stuck and Navarro each had two hits, while Coleman, Nichols, Crisp and Payton Appleberry also had hits. Stuck drove in four runs in the attack, while Nichols tripled and drove in one, and Navarro had an RBI. Neely scored three runs, Hulsey and Navarro plated two, and Forge, Coleman and Crisp scored once.
    "It's another sweep, and that's a good sweep for us," Videmschek said. "Any time you can win region games at home is a good thing. We told our kids it's very hard to sweep those region games.
    "We hit the ball really well in the second game. In the first game we didn't play real good, but we won. We were able to sneak out enough hits to score enough runs in that first one, and our pitchers threw pretty well all day."
    Madison Barnes got the win for the Lady 'Riders in game two by allowing two runs on five hits with three strikeouts in five innings.
    Crowder entertains Maplewoods Community College in a Region 16 doubleheader on Friday at 2 p.m.
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