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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Roughriders win rollercoaster game with Eastern Oklahoma

  • There came a point in Tuesday’s game where it felt like the Crowder baseball team was in need of a serious break if it were to have any chance of getting back into its game against Eastern Oklahoma State College and having a chance to win.
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  • There came a point in Tuesday’s game where it felt like the Crowder baseball team was in need of a serious break if it were to have any chance of getting back into its game against Eastern Oklahoma State College and having a chance to win.
    Then, almost as soon as that premonition seemed obvious, the Roughriders got the break they needed when Sam Hilliard’s drive to left field off of reliever Chase Williams — rated by Perfect Game USA as one of the top 100 JUCO players for the MLB draft — with the bases loaded in the fifth inning was misplayed for a triple and put the Roughriders right back in it. They went on to plate three more in the bottom of the eighth to squeak out a 9-8 victory at Roughrider Field.
    After coming off a disappointing weekend in which they lost three of four to Three Rivers CC, this was a much welcomed, yet in other ways very ugly, victory. After Hilliard unloaded the bases to pull the Roughriders out of a 6-2 hole and tie it 6-6, the Mountaineers would move back in front in the top of the seventh when Reggie Wright drilled a two-out double on an 0-2 pitch to right to score a pair of runs and make it 8-6.
    But the Roughriders would rally again in the eighth.
    Jordan Dey walked with one out and was lifted for pinch runner Mak Monckton, who stole second and went to third on Ryan Lazo’s single. Leadoff man Ty White then served a single to center to score both Monckton and Lazo to tie it at 8-8. White went to second on a single by Chris Scroggins and scored when Casey Vaughan pulled a grounder through the hole at short to make it 9-8.
    “I had just said to coach (Tyler) Sawyer that we needed a big inning there,” Roughriders coach Travis Lallemand said. ‘We needed a break. We caught a break.
    “The best thing about today was that we won,” he added. “It’s no secret that we’re struggling a bit right now, but coming back and winning that one was probably what we needed to hopefully get us out of this and over the hump. When you’re down, winning these types of games can be a confidence swing for you. Hopefully that’s what this win will do for us.”
    The Roughriders, ranked No. 16 in NJCAA polls, improved to 36-13 overall with the win.
    Following a leadoff error, a single and a pair of walks, the Mountaineers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first thanks to a two-run single by Cody Robinson with two outs. Crowder responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning on a two-run double by Garrett Mays with two outs.
    Page 2 of 2 - Mays, Scroggins and Vaughan each led the team with two hits. Hilliard led the team with four RBIs. White, Dey and Lazo each had one hit.
    Marcos Hinojosa picked up the win in relief after allowing a hit, two walks and striking out one in 1 2/3 innings. J.D. Miller got the save with a scoreless ninth. Ethan Clark started for the Roughriders and allowed six runs — only one earned — on seven hits with five strikeouts and four walks in five innings. Neosho native Jake Barnes surrendered two runs on one hit with a walk in 1 1/3 innings.
    The Roughriders are back in action on Thursday when they take on North Central in a doubleheader at 1 p.m. in Trenton, Mo. They’ll return home on Sunday against North Central in a doubleheader at 1 p.m. on Sophomore Day.

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