The Crowder Roughriders returned home after a 10-0 loss to Neosho County on Tuesday, but the friendly confines of Roughrider Field weren’t so friendly on Wednesday.
The No. 1 Roughriders fell to Fort Scott Community College 11-4.
In a game that saw a combined 13 pitchers, it was the Greyhounds who had the better showing as they held the Roughriders to four runs on 11 hits in the nine-inning affair. The Greyhounds scored two runs in each of the first, second and eighth innings, one in the fifth and four in the top of the fourth. The Roughriders scored single runs in each of the first and second innings before plating two in the ninth.
“We’ve got some young guys getting some opportunities because guys are down on the mound and they’re not taking advantage of them,”
Roughriders coach Travis Lallemand said. “(Being No. 1) everybody comes in and they’ve got a little bit more when they (play) you. We’re still holding the strong on the fact that we’re still a good club and we’ve just got to get guys healthy and have other guys step up.”
No pitcher threw more than two innings for either team, but Fort Scott starter Ethan Peacock was credited with the win after allowing two runs on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts in two innings. Crowder starter Robert Smith took the loss after allowing four runs on four hits with a strikeout in two innings.
The top of the Greyhounds’ lineup did all of the damage as No. 3 hitter Reyn Sugai went 4 for 6 with two doubles and a triple, three RBIs and two runs scored. Alex Copeland had three hits and Sam Gilbert had two in the win.
Ryan Lazo and Lucas Feddersen had three hits each for the Roughriders, while Chris Scroggins added two and Matt Burgess, C.J. Webster and Jordan Dey had one hit. Lazo drove in two runs.
The Roughriders (32-10) entertain Mineral Area Community College at 1 p.m. Saturday on Military Appreciation Day.