This weekend was a special one for the Crowder Lady ‘Riders for many reasons.
After sweeping all four games — two apiece against Maple Woods and North Central — they are now in prime position to earn the No. 2 seed in the Region 16 Tournament in Columbia next weekend.
Three personal achievements also highlighted the weekend. First, sophomore Jessica Neely hit her 13th homer of the season to set a new school record — surpassing Jessica Marble’s school record of 12. Also, Lady ‘Riders coach Lori Videmschek surpassed reached win No. 200 for her career with a 9-1 victory over North Central in game one on Saturday. She now stands at 201 career victories.
Oh, and Allison Tonyan threw a no-hitter.
“I would say we’re playing well,” Videmschek said. “We’re hitting the ball extremely well. We’re doing some things well.”
Crowder opened Friday with a pair of wins at Maple Woods Community College, 8-0 and 7-1, respectively, before traveling to Trenton, Mo., to knock off North Central 9-1 and 11-6 on Saturday.
The Lady ‘Riders opened Friday with an 8-0 victory over Maple Woods on the arm of Tonyan, who struck out five and walked two in six innings. Crowder slugged 10 hits in the game and was led by Kala Crisp with three hits, including a home run, and two RBIs. Neely homered in the game and had two hits, while Shyanne Nichols also went deep.
Shelby Stuck, Carson Forge, Brooke Hulsey and Morgan Coleman also had a hit. The Lady ‘Riders scored four runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings.
In game two, Crowder trailed 1-0 until drawing even with a run in the fourth, before plating five in the sixth and one in the seventh.
Madison Barnes struck out five and scattered five hits while allowing an unearned run in seven innings to earn the win on the mound. Alexis Navarro doubled and drove in three to lead Crowder’s offense, while Neely, Stuck, Hulsey, Crisp, Nichols and Payton Appleberry also had hits.
After drawing even with Marble’s record on Friday, Neely eclipsed the mark in game one on Saturday when she connected on a three-run bomb in Crowder’s nine-run first inning against the Lady Pirates.
Shyanne Nichols led the offense with two hits, while Neely, Stuck, Hulsey, Morgan Coleman, Crisp and Navarro had a hit apiece. Neely led the team with three RBIs and Navarro had two.
Barnes earned the win on the mound after allowing five earned runs on 12 hits with three strikeouts in seven innings.
Another big inning lifted the Lady ‘Riders in game two as they plated five in the third to take a 7-0 lead and never looked back.
Page 2 of 2 - Tonyan walked seven in the game, but limited the damage to one run on four hits with two strikeouts in five innings.
Morgan Coleman blasted two home runs in the game and Crisp added another to go along with several highlight plays on defense. Coleman finished with two hits and drove in four runs, while Navarro, Nichols, Crisp, Hulsey and Neely all had a hit. Navarro drove in two runs.
“Kala Crisp made some outstanding plays in the outfield today,” Videmschek said. “Just some amazing catches. We’ve got to continue doing that and continue swinging the bats. We need to keep doing the little things, because the little things like that is going to win you a lot of games.
“We did some things better today than we’ve done in the past couple of weeks. We’re doing some things well and trying to turn some things around.”
The Lady ‘Riders (35-15, 16-4 Region 16) entertain Northeastern Oklahoma A&M at 2 p.m. Wednesday for their final home game, and final regular season game of the season. They’ll begin play at the Region 16 Tournament at Battlefield High School in Columbia, Mo., on Saturday.