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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Caudle’s no-hitter sets tone for Crowder’s weekend

  • Simply put, Crowder College pitcher Chris Caudle set the tone for his Roughriders this weekend. Caudle was literally unhittable, and almost perfect on Friday as he whirled a no-hitter with four strikeouts as the Roughriders blanked St. Louis Community College-Meramec in the opener of their four-game series, 2-0 in seven innings.
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  • Simply put, Crowder College pitcher Chris Caudle set the tone for his Roughriders this weekend. Caudle was literally unhittable, and almost perfect on Friday as he whirled a no-hitter with four strikeouts as the Roughriders blanked St. Louis Community College-Meramec in the opener of their four-game series, 2-0 in seven innings.
    The Roughriders would go on to top St. Louis 3-2 in the nine-inning nightcap, and split Saturday with a 1-0 win and a 3-2 loss.
    That moved the Roughriders to 22-4 overall, 5-1 in Region 16 play.
    It was a fantastic weekend for Crowder pitching, though none topped than Caudle’s gem.
    The 6’4 sophomore right hander from Greenwood, Ark., bested Archers starter Dave Mullins, who himself had a solid outing in allowing two runs with eight strikeouts and a walk in seven innings. Caudle, however, finished a walk shy of whirling a perfect game as he struck out four in the no-no.
    “Our pitching was better than theirs pretty much the whole weekend,” Crowder coach Travis Lallemand said. “We did just enough offensively to win. It was one of those weekends where the hitting went cold and the pitchers picked us up, and that’s a good sign of a very mature club. The pitching really carried us this weekend.”
    The Roughriders plated both of their runs on one swing in the top of the first inning as third baseman Tony Sandifer unloaded a two-run homer to drive in Chris Scroggins for the only runs of the game. Lucas Feddersen had two hits and Sam May one in the victory.
    “Tony Sandifer had a couple of huge at-bats over the weekend,” Lallemand said. “Scroggins had a good night Friday. Tony had the big RBI hits for us on the weekend and stepped up for us in a big way. It’s been a different guy for us a lot of the times.”
    Cody Jones followed Caudle on the mound in game two and whirled a gem of his own. The freshman southpaw from Russellville, Ark., allowed two runs on three hits with seven strikeouts and no walks in eight innings of work. Closer Andrew Schwaab tossed a scoreless ninth with two strikeouts to seal it.
    Crowder twice fought back from behind in the game, as St. Louis held leads of 1-0 in the third and 2-1 in the fifth. Crowder scored single runs in the third, fifth and eighth to prevail in the nine-inning affair.
    Chris Scroggins slugged four of Crowder’s seven hits in the game, finishing 4 for 5 with an RBI and a run scored. Sandifer, Ty White and Cody Althouse each had a hit, as Sandifer and White added an RBI apiece.
    The Roughriders dropped the final game of the series on a walk-off, 3-2, despite another dazzling performance on the mound. Saddled with the no-decision was starter Preston Tarkington, who allowed two hits and two runs (one earned) in 62/3 innings with eight strikeouts and a walk. Schwaab worked the final two innings where he took the loss after allowing an unearned run on two hits with a strikeout over the final 11/3 frames.
    Page 2 of 2 - There wasn’t much going on at the plate for either team in the game, as Archers starter Matt Hasenbeck scattered four hits — the only hits of the game for Crowder — over seven innings with two runs, nine strikeouts and a walk. Like Tarkington, Hasenbeck got a no-decision as reliever Jay Heller picked up the win after tossing two perfect innings with two strikeouts in relief.
    Sandifer had two of Crowder’s hits, including a double, in the contest with an RBI. May and Feddersen each had a single, while Matt Burgess drove in a run.
    In game two on Saturday, it was time for pitcher Jon Woodcock to answer the bell on the mound, and he did just that as the sophomore southpaw from Ojai, Calif., whirled a two-hitter with eight strikeouts and two walks in a seven-inning, 1-0 victory.
    Like they did on Friday, the Roughriders scored in the top of the first inning and held on for dear life. Althouse led off the game with a double and came around to score on a Scroggins single with the game’s only run. Althouse, Scroggins and May each had two hits in the game, while White and Feddersen each had one.
    The Roughriders dropped the final game of the series on a walk-off, 3-2, despite another dazzling performance on the mound. Saddled with the no-decision was starter Preston Tarkington, who allowed two hits and two runs (one earned) in 6 2/3 innings with eight strikeouts and a walk. Schwaab worked the final two innings where he took the loss after allowing an unearned run on two hits with a strikeout over the final 1 1/3 frames.
    There wasn’t much going on at the plate for either team in the game, as Archers starter Matt Hasenbeck scattered four hits — the only hits of the game for Crowder — over seven innings with two runs, nine strikeouts and a walk. Like Tarkington, Hasenbeck got a no-decision as reliever Jay Heller picked up the win after tossing two perfect innings with two strikeouts in relief.
    Sandifer had two of Crowder’s hits, including a double, in the contest with an RBI. May and Feddersen each had a single, while Matt Burgess drove in a run.
    “To take three of four on the road like we did, you obviously want to win every game, but it was kind of a spark for us,” Lallemand added. “We kind of needed pitching and it was there for us.
    “We feel good about where we’re at. Like the different things that have happened this year, we’ve just got to continue getting better offensively and improving our game.”
    The Roughriders are back in action with a nine-inning contest slated on the road for 2 p.m. Tuesday at Labette Community College in Parsons, Kan.

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