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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Lady ‘Riders 8-0 in region

  • Powered by three home runs in the opener, the Crowder Lady ‘Riders worked over the North Central Lady Pirates’ pitching staff on Wednesday while sweeping a doubleheader 9-2, 16-5.
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  • Powered by three home runs in the opener, the Crowder Lady ‘Riders worked over the North Central Lady Pirates’ pitching staff on Wednesday while sweeping a doubleheader 9-2, 16-5.
     
    Crowder (24-9, 8-0 Region 16) battered Lady Pirates’ starter Jessica Cook in game one for nine earned runs on 13 hits in six innings. Jessica Neely hit two home runs in the contest and teammate Carson Forge added another as the Lady ‘Riders scored four runs in the first inning, two more in the second and three in the fourth.
    Crowder starter Madison Barnes struck out three and walked one while allowing one earned run on six hits in the complete-game effort. Her only blemish was a home run to North Central’s Lindsey Derry in the first inning.
    Brooke Hulsey, Morgan Coleman, Payton Appleberry and Neely each had three hits for Crowder, while Forge had two and Shyanne Nichols one. Neely had four RBIs and scored three runs, while Forge and Nichols both had two RBIs. Forge also scored a pair of runs.
    In the nightcap, the Lady ‘Riders had an inning they won’t soon forget. Trailing 5-0 with two outs in the sixth inning, Crowder’s offense exploded for 11 runs before the Lady Pirates could secure the final out. Their barrage continued in the seventh, as they pushed across five more to make it 16-5 and put a lid on the game.
    “In the first game we played well, we hit the ball extremely well,” Crowder coach Lori Videmschek said. “When we didn’t hit the ball over the fence we hit it hard.”
    Nichols and Coleman each had three hits in game two, while Neely and Appleberry had two and Shelby Stuck, Forge, Hulsey, Andrea Drake and Alexis Navarro had one apiece. Every player in Crowder’s lineup had at least one RBI in the contest, while Drake added three and Neely, Stuck, Kala Crisp and Nichols had two apiece.
    Allison Tonyan started on the hill for the Lady ‘Riders and got a no-decision after allowing one earned run on five hits and two strikeouts over five innings. Ashton Worth picked up the victory in relief with three scoreless, no-hit innings on three walks.
    The Lady ‘Riders are back on the road today when they take on Jefferson College at 2 p.m. in Hillsboro, Mo.

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