The Crowder Lady ‘Riders softball team continues to play well at the right time in the season as they earned a sweep of Connors State on Wednesday with wins of 10-1, 8-2 at Lady ‘Riders Field.
Andrea Drake homered in the game as she combined with Shelby Stuck and Carson Forge to each finish with two hits and drive in two runs apiece in the game. Alexis Navarro also had two hits and drove in one. Morgan Coleman, Shyanne Nichols and Kala Crisp also had hits. Crisp drove in a pair of runs.
Connors State took a 1-0 lead in the first, but the Lady ‘Riders answered with two in the second, three in the fourth and five in the fifth to put it away. Allison Tonyan earned the victory as she allowed an unearned run on three hits with six strikeouts and a walk in five innings.
Crowder completed the sweep in game two on the bat of Shyanne Nichols, who homered, had two hits, drove in two and scored twice. Amber Taylor also had two hits and two RBIs, while Neely and Carson Forge also had a pair of hits. Neely tripled and Forge doubled twice, while Nichols, Shelby Stuck and Taylor also doubled.
Stuck, Brooke Hulsey and Morgan Coleman all had one hit.
Madison Barnes earned the win for the Lady ‘Riders despite walking seven in seven innings. The righthander scattered four hits, but allowed just two runs with three strikeouts.
“We hit the ball extremely well today,” Lady ‘Riders coach Lori Videmschek said. “We hit when we needed to hit.”
The Lady ‘Riders (31-16, 12-4 Region 16) play four important Region games over the weekend on Friday and Saturday at Labette and North Central, respectively. A good showing in those games could give the Lady ‘Riders a shot at the No. 2 seed and a bye in the Region 16 Tournament. They’ll return home for the final home game of the season on Wednesday, April 24, in a rescheduling of a former rainout.
That’s also the final game of the regular season for Crowder. They’ll pack up and head to Columbia, Mo., to prepare for the Region Tournament following the game, according to Videmschek.
“You never know when it comes region time,” Videmschek said. “Everybody’s got to be playing their best ball at that point.”