Looking at the Crowder baseball linescore was almost like reading someone’s phone number on Tuesday — 405-451-0322 — and that’s a good thing if you’re the Roughriders.
Continuing their scorching run through opponents this past week, the No. 6 Roughriders scored four runs in the first inning, five in the third, four in the fourth, five in the fifth, one in the sixth and three in the eighth to topple Neosho County Community College 22-12 in eight innings at Roughrider Field. They had 27 hits, including at least one by all nine batters in the lineup and two apiece from eight of the nine.
All in a day’s work, eh?
As the weather starts to heat up, so have the Crowder bats. It’s a trend they hope to carry on these next few weeks.
“I hope that’s a sign of things to come with the weather,” Crowder coach Travis Lallemand said. “When you’re hitting in the cold it’s tougher. This was the best day we’ve played, no question, with the weather.
“We had really good approaches and took really good swings for most of the day and drove the ball. We had a lot of loud outs again today.”
In a game that was full of eye-popping numbers, the Roughriders had four players with four hits apiece — Chris Scroggins, Tony Sandifer, Ty White and Sam May. Meanwhile, Cody Althouse, and C.J. Webster had three hits, Matt Burgess and Lucas Feddersen had two and Ryan Lazo one.
Scroggins and May each had four RBIs, while Althouse, Sandifer and Webster had three and Burgess, White, Feddersen and Lazo had one. Webster scored four times, while Althouse, White, Feddersen and Lazo scored three times, May and Burgess twice and Sandifer and Scroggins once.
Neosho County used eight pitchers in the game. The first Panther to toe the slab, Jon Furlong, took the hill with a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but Althouse turned on his first pitch and sent it over the wall for a solo homer to make it 2-1. Webster later crushed a three-run homer over the wall in left to make it 4-2.
Furlong then took a furlough after allowing four runs on six hits in the first inning. The Roughriders would go on to score against all but two of the eight pitchers.
Connor Goegert did most of the damage for the Panthers’ offense as he homered twice and turned in five RBIs. His two-run shot off Roughrider starter Robert Smith in the first gave them their only lead of the day.
Smith, meanwhile, allowed nine runs on seven hits with six walks and three strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings but still grabbed the win — his first of the season.
Page 2 of 2 - “It was really good to get Bob that win,” Lallemand said regarding Smith. “He really battled through some tough moments there. I don’t know what his line was, but pitching on a tough (windy) day like this the line really doesn’t matter. The win is the most important thing at the end of the day.”
Ryan Smith came on in relief in the fifth and worked 1 2/3 innings before Andrew Schwaab pitched the final 1 2/3 scoreless and struck out four on a hit and a walk.
The Roughriders (43-10) are at Fort Scott Community College for a nine inning game today at 2 p.m.