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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Crowder opens Region 16 Tournament today

  • When the Crowder baseball team played in the Region 16 Tournament at Joplin’s Wendell Redden Stadium at the Joplin Athletic Complex in 2010, the Crowder Roughriders won the Region Championship, went on to win the district title and made an appearance at the NJCAA World Series in Grand Junction, Colo., where they took fifth. In 2012 it was Jefferson College’s turn to do the same exact thing.
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  • When the Crowder baseball team played in the Region 16 Tournament at Joplin’s Wendell Redden Stadium at the Joplin Athletic Complex in 2010, the Crowder Roughriders won the Region Championship, went on to win the district title and made an appearance at the NJCAA World Series in Grand Junction, Colo., where they took fifth. In 2012 it was Jefferson College’s turn to do the same exact thing.
    Fast forward a couple of years and the NJCAA No. 17-ranked Roughriders will have a shot at revenge this season on that same field.
    Despite sporting a 39-14 overall record, the Roughriders finished second in the Region 16 standings with an 18-8 overall record and are seeding No. 2 in the tournament. Jefferson College, the official host of the tournament in cooperation with the Joplin Sports Authority, earned the top seed.
    Games begin today, with the Roughriders taking on No. 7 North Central College at 7 p.m. at Wendell Redden Field. No. 4 Three Rivers Community College takes on No. 5 Maple Woods at 10 a.m. No. 3 St. Louis Community College squares off against No. 6 Mineral Area at 1 p.m. Jefferson College takes on No. 8 St. Charles CC at 4.
    Thursday and Friday’s schedule includes games at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 and 7 p.m.
    Saturday, the loser’s bracket final will be played at 1 p.m., followed by the Region 16 Championship game at 4. It’s a double elimination tournament, so if the losers’ bracket finalist defeats the winners’ bracket finalist in the title game, a second championship game will be played at 1 p.m. Sunday to determine the champion.
    Tournament passes for the tournament are $10 for adults, $5 for high school and under students. Daily tournament passes are $5 for adults and $3 for students.

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