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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Roughriders throttle St. Charles in doubleheader

  • Simply put, the No. 2 Crowder Roughriders were just too much for the St. Charles Cougars to handle on Saturday.
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  • Simply put, the No. 2 Crowder Roughriders were just too much for the St. Charles Cougars to handle on Saturday.
    The Roughriders (28-5, 11-1 Region 16) blasted the Cougars in both games 15-1, 14-1 in five innings.
    While the score seemed convincing enough, it took four innings for the Roughriders to get their bats heated up in game one as they trailed 1-0 entering the top of the fourth. In that frame, one inning after leaving the bases loaded, they broke loose and sent 13 batters to the plate and pushed across 10 runs to make it 10-1. Most of that damage came with two outs in the inning and was highlighted by a three-run home run from Jordan Dey to cap the inning.
    Crowder went on to score five more in the fifth as Dey finished 3 for 4 at the plate with a home run, double, five RBIs and two runs scored to lead the 16-hit attack. Ryan Lazo and Chris Scroggins also had three hits, while Cody Althouse, Ty White and Lucas Feddersen had two hits and Matt Burgess one. White drove in four runs, Althouse and Fedderson had two RBIs each and Lazo had one.
    Chris Caudle earned the win after allowing an unearned run on two hits with three strikeouts and a walk in five innings. The Roughriders worked over Cougars starter Tome Kirkland for nine runs — two earned — on 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings, before striking reliever Spencer Pugh for six runs — four earned — in the final 1 1/3.
    Crowder’s bats never cooled as the hit parade spilled over into game two. With southpaw starter Jon Woodcock holding the Cougars to a run on four hits with four strikeouts, the Roughriders’ offense was hammering St. Charles starter Danny Droege for 11 runs — 10 earned — on 12 hits in the first 2 1/3 innings.
    The game was tied 1-1 at the end of the first, but Crowder pushed across four in the second and seven more in the third to make it 12-1 in the blink of an eye. They scored two more in the fourth before calling it good.
    In a carbon copy of his game one performance, Dey again clubbed a double and a homer while picking up two hits — though this time he finished with two RBIs and two runs scored.
    Feddersen also had a big game as he clubbed three hits, drove in three runs and scored twice. Lazo also picked up three hits while Dey, Burgess and Scroggins had two hits and Althouse, Tony Sandifer and C.J. Webster collected one. Burgess, Feddersen, Webster and Dey each doubled in the contest with Burgess racking up three RBIs.
    Scroggins, Sandifer and Dey each had two RBIs, and Althouse and Lazo added one.
    The series concludes today with another doubleheader slated for noon in St. Charles.

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