PITTSBURG, Kan. — The Crowder Lady Roughriders improved to 12-2 overall and ran their winning streak to 11 games with a sweep Monday of Neosho County, 11-5 and 15-0 in five innings, at the Pitt State Softball Complex.
In the opener, Crowder scored two runs in the first, four in the third, and five in the sixth, while Neosho County plated three in the fourth and two in the sixth.
Baylor Miles sparked Crowder’s offense with a pair of home runs (her only hits of the game) and five RBI, while Kristen Wade homered, doubled, and drove in four more runs. Solid production from the No. 4 (Wade) and No. 5 (Miles) spots in the Crowder lineup.
Makaila Leonhart led Crowder’s 11-hit attack — all 11 hits coming from spots one through six — with three and Maggy Rieschick and Lexi McClellan joined the multi-hit parade with two each.
Leonhart doubled twice and McClellan also doubled. Overall, Crowder had seven extra base hits.
Sierra Spurlock, meanwhile, a shortstop for alliterative purposes, sparked Neosho County with two hits and four RBI.
Maddie Massanelli earned the win for Crowder, allowing five runs (none earned) on eight hits over seven innings with nine strikeouts against just one walk.
In the nightcap, Crowder scored 13 in the second and two in the fourth, while Neosho County managed only three hits against three different Crowder pitchers.
Kenzie Kallio led Crowder’s 19-hit attack with three, while Daryan Torix, McClellan, Cloe Neece, and Alexis Lowrance each had two hits.
Carlee Silverest, A.J. Downey, Theresa Collins, Rieschick, Leonhart, Wade, and Eila Infante rounded out the hits with one each.
Torix doubled and drove in four runs, Collins homered and drove in two, Neece doubled and had a RBI, Kallio tripled and drove in two runs, Lowrance drove in two runs, Wade doubled, and Rieschick, Leonhart, Wade, and Miles joined the RBI club.
In the circle, Jessie Noftsger earned the win with two hits allowed over three innings, plus two strikeouts and no walks. Hill walked one and struck out one during her inning of work, while Neece gave up a hit and hit a batter in her one inning.
Crowder has scored at least 10 runs in four straight games and in eight of their last 10, including six times against Kansas schools Labette, Independence, and Neosho County.
Crowder returns to action March 6 on the road against Independence.