With two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, Crowder’s Kala Crisp drilled a double to the wall in center field to score Morgan Coleman from first base as the Lady ‘Riders earned a walk-off victory over Jefferson College 7-6 on Monday at Lady ‘Riders Field.
Crowder dropped game two of the doubleheader in five innings 15-4.
While the day didn’t end well for the Lady ‘Riders, their win in game one was one to remember.
The Lady Vikings tagged Crowder starting pitcher Madison Barnes for two runs in the top of the first inning, but the Lady ‘Riders would answer in the second with five runs to move ahead 5-2. The Lady ‘Riders sent 10 batters to the plate in the frame, which was highlighted by a two-run triple from sophomore Jessica Neely with two outs scoring Payton Appleberry and Alexis Navarro to make it 4-2. Neely would later score to make it 5-2.
The Lady ‘Riders added another run in the fourth after Neely singled, moved to third on a sac bunt by Shelby Stuck and scored on a Carson Forge single to make it 6-3. It would remain that way until the sixth when Jefferson’s Kara Pochon, Christina Young and Emily Hills all scored to tie it 6-6.
Barnes would go on to earn the win despite allowing six runs on six hits and nine walks in 6 1/3 innings. Ashton Worth tossed 2/3 of an inning, walked one and allowed a hit in relief.
Neely finished with two hits, two RBIs and scored twice. Forge, Brooke Hulsey, Coleman, Crisp and Alexis Navarro also had hits. Stuck, Forge and Navarro had an RBI apiece.
“We played well,” Lady ‘Riders coach Lori Videmschek said. “We didn’t pitch well. We made big pitches in key situations, but we just had too many walks.”
The Lady Vikings weren’t as forgiving in the nightcap, however. They plated three runs in the first, seven in the third and five more in the fourth to take a 15-2 lead in the top of the fourth. Crowder would answer with two runs in the bottom of the fourth, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the mercy rule after five innings.
Errors plagued Crowder to no end in the loss. The Lady ‘Riders committed 11 miscues that were charged to them on the scoreboard, while the Lady Vikings also had 12 hits and drew three walks.
“You can’t give (opponents) six and seven outs in an inning and expect to win games and that’s what it came down to,” Videmschek said of the game two performance. “We’ve got to get better defensively. A lot of it is we just lose focus, and they’ve got to learn how to keep focused. That’s the big key. We had three errors on the infield that cost us four runs in one inning. You can’t do that (against) good teams.”
Page 2 of 2 - Neely had two more hits in Crowder’s six-hit attack with two RBIs while also scoring twice. Stuck, Coleman, Crisp and Navarro also had hits, while Coleman had an RBI and Stuck and Navarro scored once.
The Lady ‘Riders (25-14) travel to Maple Woods for a 2 p.m. tilt on Thursday in Kansas City, Mo.