A 3-1 road trip could be just the spark the Crowder Lady ‘Riders needs as the season winds down. They accomplished that feat with a sweep of St. Charles Community College in St. Louis on Friday and a split with Three Rivers Community College on Saturday.
The trip started smoothly on Friday as the Lady ‘Riders topped St. Charles with relative ease, 4-0 and 11-1.
Game one on Friday started as a pitchers duel until sophomore Carson Forge crushed a two-run homer in the top of the sixth inning to break the scoreless lock. Crowder pushed across one more in the sixth an another in the seventh for insurance, but it wasn’t needed as pitcher Allison Tonyan went the distance and allowed just four hits on three walks and a strikeout.
Shelby Stuck had two hits for the Lady ‘Riders, while Forge and Brooke Hulsey both had a hit. Stuck scored twice in the game.
Game two provided a much easier road for the bats as Crowder bashed pitcher Paige Miller for 11 runs (seven earned) in five innings on 15 hits in the 11-1 win in five innings.
Madison Barnes allowed three hits to earn the victory on the mound for the Lady ‘Riders. Kala Crisp had three hits and four RBIs to lead Crowder’s offense, while Stuck also had three hits, an RBI and scored twice. Hulsey, Morgan Coleman and Andrea Drake both had two hits, while Jessica Neely, Shyanne Nichols and Alexis Navarro had one each.
Hulsey collected three RBIs while Coleman had two.
The Lady ‘Riders dropped game one to Three Rivers 9-0 on Saturday before closing the day with an 11-4 triumph.
Morgan Coleman highlighted the win with a two-out grand slam in the sixth inning to make it 11-0. She finished with two hits and six RBIs, while Payton Appleberry, Nichols, Drake and Stuck had two hits apiece. Neely also had a hit.
Tonyan got the win for Crowder.
The Lady ‘Riders (28-15) are at Rose State in Midwest City, Okla., on Monday.