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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Roughriders split series with Jefferson College

  • After splitting a pair of baseball games on Saturday, the Crowder Roughriders and Jefferson College Vikings did the same thing on Sunday, as the Roughriders beat them 4-3 before losing 6-3 in the series finale at Roughrider Field.
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  • After splitting a pair of baseball games on Saturday, the Crowder Roughriders and Jefferson College Vikings did the same thing on Sunday, as the Roughriders beat them 4-3 before losing 6-3 in the series finale at Roughrider Field.
    The series split leaves the Roughriders one game in front of the Vikings in the Region 16 standings at 13-3. They are now 29-9 overall.
    The Roughriders won the first game in comeback fashion after scoring three times in the final two innings to win 4-3. The Vikings got on the board in the top of the first when Justin Blechle doubled and scored following a pair of errors to make it 1-0. Crowder tied it in the bottom of the second when Sam Hilliard doubled to center and scored on an RBI single by Blake Wilfong.
    The Vikings moved ahead 2-1 when Blechle walked and scored on a double by Ryan Rippee in the sixth, and tacked on another run when Trent Liemkuehler walked and scored on a Gerrion Grim single in the eighth.
    While those seemed like crucial insurance runs at the moment, they still weren’t enough as the Roughrider bats came alive in the final two innings. They started a two-out rally in the bottom of the seventh when Tyler McKinzie singled, Blake Wilfong walked and Corey Campbell singled to shortstop to load the bases. Ryan Lazo followed by drawing a walk to score McKinzie with the tying run.
    After the Vikings scored again in the top of the eighth, Crowder answered when Chris Scroggins singled to lead off the bottom of the eighth and Casey Vaughan, Sam Hilliard and Garrett Mays drew consecutive walks to score Scroggins with the tying run. McKinzie then lined a walk-off single to right to score Vaughan.
    J.D. Miller picked up the win in relief for the Roughriders after recording the final out in the top of the eighth. Despite a solid outing that resulted in a quality start on the mound, Roughriders starter Cody Jones was saddled with a no-decision despite allowing three runs — two earned — on four hits with six strikeouts and three walks in 7 2/3 innings.
    McKinzie led the Roughriders with three hits, an RBI and a run scored. Ty White, Scroggins, Hilliard, Wilfong and Campbell had a hit apiece.
    The Roughriders trailed again in the second game, only this time their comeback bid would come up empty as the Vikings took a 5-2 lead in the fourth and never relinquished it — mainly because of Vikings starter Patrick Schnieders, who pitched a complete game and allowed one earned run with nine strikeouts and three walks.
    After missing a turn in the rotation, Crowder starter Ethan Clark allowed five runs on eight hits with three strikeouts and a walk in 3 2/3 innings. Bryant Haralson tossed the final 3 1/3 and allowed a run on one hit with four strikeouts.
    Page 2 of 2 - Offensively, Grim kick-started the Vikings’ offense when he rammed a 3-2 pitch over the wall in left center with two outs for a two-run homer in the top of the first inning. They went on to score another in the second, two more in the fourth and another in the sixth. Crowder plated runs in the second, third and seventh innings.
    Scroggins led the Roughriders with two hits, while Derek Paddie, Hilliard, McKinzie and Wilfong had hits.
    The Roughriders, who have only five home dates remaining on their schedule, are back in action today with a tough test at home against No. 1 Connors State in a nine-inning game at 6 p.m. They will then embark on a long road trip before returning home April 22 against Eastern Oklahoma State.

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