The Crowder Roughriders, No. 2-ranked in NJCAA Division I, came away with a four-game weekend series sweep of Des Moines by taking a pair Sunday at Roughrider Field, 10-7 and 14-4 in five innings.
The ‘Riders, 7-1 overall this season, return to action Friday at home against Southwestern and welcome Iowa Western for a four-game series Saturday and Sunday, of course weather permitting.
Crowder enters Friday having scored at least 10 runs in each of the last three games.
In the five-inning game Sunday, Crowder scored six runs in the first, one in the second, two in the third and the fourth, and three in the fifth.
The ‘Riders scored their 14 runs on a mere seven hits and capitalized on four errors, 12 walks, and three hit batters by the guests from Iowa.
Kobe Morris continued his absolutely ridiculous early season hitting tear with a 3 for 3 with two runs scored, three doubles, and two RBI.
On the season, after eight games, Morris owns a .680 average (17-25) with 13 runs scored, three doubles, one triple, four home runs, 11 RBI, and eight walks balanced against one strikeout. His only deficiency offensively has been that he’s been caught twice in three stolen base attempts.
Drew Reilly, Samuel Chaput, Riley Perks, and Cameron Witt rounded out the rest of Crowder’s hits in the nightcap, with Witt and Chaput each responsible for a double.
Witt and Chaput each drove in three runs and Tyler Duncan joined Morris in the multi-RBI parade with his two RBI.
Freshman pitcher Brett Brockinton earned the win, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits over 3 1/3 innings. He struck out three and walked two. Bryce Bartlett pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings.
After letting a 7-0 lead after two innings slowly evaporate into a 7-all game entering the bottom of the sixth, you know who came through for Crowder with a three-run triple for the lead in Game One.
Leading off the Crowder sixth, Colten Nix worked a walk from Austin Weiler, then pinch runner advanced to second due to defensive obstruction by pitcher Weiler. Cooper King and Witt then worked walks to load the bases and that’s when Morris took Weiler’s first pitch and delivered the winning triple.
The game’s drama was not over, since in the top of the seventh, Des Moines loaded the bases before Tyler Gregg struck out Jeremy Lovera swinging to end the game.
Morris had two hits and three RBI, while Duncan and Chaput each drove in two. Chaput homered, Reilly tripled, and Duncan and Reilly each doubled.
Gregg earned the win with two innings of scoreless relief.
CROWDER 10, DES MOINES 7
Des Moines 001 213 0 — 7 7 1
Crowder 070 003 X — 10 7 3
Spencer Hanson, Sam Laakso (3), Austin Weiler (6) and Jainer Puente, Tavien Gillette. Ross Carver, Adam Scoggins (6), Tyler Gregg (6) and Samuel Chaput. WP: Gregg. LP: Weiler. E: Weiler; Frielin Cabrera 2, Chaput. HR: Matt Kramback; Samuel Chaput. 3B: Drew Reilly, Kobe Morris. 2B: Weiler; Tyler Duncan, Reilly. SF: Colten Nix. SB: Denver Blinn; Cabrera, Reilly. HBP: Robbie McCargar 2, Evan Salmon. LOB: Des Moines 7, Crowder 3.
CROWDER 14, DES MOINES 4 (5 innings)
Des Moines 020 20 — 4 5 4
Crowder 612 23 — 14 7 2
Nate Holliday, Misael Sanchez (3), Janier Puente (4), Matt Krambeck (5) and Tavien Gillette. Brett Brockinton, Bryce Bartlett (4), and Samuel Chaput. WP: Brockinton. LP: Holliday. E: Krambeck 2, Jeremy Lovera, Holliday; Kobe Morris, Riley Perks. 2B: Gillette 2; Morris 3, Cameron Witt, Chaput. SF: Tyler Duncan, Chaput. HBP: Gillette, Austin Murr; Duncan, Witt, Perks. LOB: Des Moines 7, Crowder 10.