WARNER, Okla. — The No. 10-ranked Connors State Cowboys entered Monday’s game at Biff Thompson Field at Perry Keith Field with a 18-1 overall record.
No. 7 Crowder sent Connors State to 18-2 with a 13-9 win.
Crowder scored two runs in the eighth and four in the ninth to erase a 9-7 deficit.
Kobe Morris and Frielin Cabrera each had three hits for Crowder’s 17-hit attack, while Tyler Duncan, Drew Reilly, Brinson Williams, and Colten Nix each had two. Reilly homered and Cabrera, Luke Price, and Nix each doubled. Nix scored three runs and Morris, Cabrera, and Reilly each had two. Reilly drove in four runs, Duncan three, and Cabrera two.
Crowder reliever Jack Jumper continued his excellent work, allowing no runs in a scoreless eighth inning. That was good enough for Jumper to be the winning pitcher.
Tyler Gregg pitched a scoreless ninth to help the ‘Riders earn their fifth straight win, all coming against ranked opponents after their four-game sweep against No. 12 Jefferson.
Crowder (17-5) returned to action Thursday at home against MCC-Maple Woods, the start of a four-game home-and-home Region 16 series. The ‘Riders have started region play 4-0.
On Monday, Connors State opened the scoring with five runs in the secede, then Crowder rallied off seven runs with one in the third, three in the fourth, two in the fifth, and one in the sixth. Connors State regained the lead with four in the sixth.
Darian Luper rocked a grand slam in the second to contribute to 80 percent of the 5-0 lead.
With one down in the Crowder third, Nix started the first scoring rally with a single. Morris worked a walk and then Nix came home on a Duncan single.
Crowder started the fourth in style with a Cabrera double followed by a Reilly two-run homer. Samuel Chaput singled and scored on a Nix double.
In the fifth, Cabrera reached on an error and then three pitches later, Reilly rocked his second two-run homer of the contest.
Morris scored Nix with a RBI single in the sixth.
Drenis Ozuna hit a three-run homer for Connors State in the four-run sixth, and the Cowboys corralled seven of their runs on Luper’s grand slam and Ozuna’s Earl Weaver Special.
Nix led off the eighth by reaching on a Luper error. Duncan hit a RBI single bringing home Nix, then Cabrera singled home Morris for a tie score.
Williams led off the Crowder ninth with a single and facing new pitcher Joe Roundtree, Price made it around to second and Williams to third on a Price double. Riley Perks scored Williams on a single, then Price scored on a passed ball, Duncan gave Crowder a three-run lead with a sacrifice fly, and Cabrera closed out the scoring with a RBI single.
An error and a walk gave the Cowboys hope in the bottom of the ninth, but Gregg buckled down with a flyout and a groundout to end the game. Morris stepped on third for a game-ending force.
CROWDER 13, CONNORS STATE 9
Crowder 001 321 024 — 13 17 2
Connors 050 004 000 — 9 6 2
Jake Evans, Brett Brockinton (4), Colten Weber (6), Jack Jumper (8), Tyler Gregg (9) and Denver Mullins, Brinson Williams. Brian Martinez, Johnaikel Acosta (5), Charlie Case (6), Keith Traylor (7), Cage Allen (8), Joe Roundtree (9), Abel Acosta (9), Zeke Dougan (9) and Tony Hrynkiw. WP: Jumper. LP: Roundtree. E: Frielin Cabrera 2; Darian Luper, Jake Northern. HR: Drew Reilly 2; Luper, Drenis Ozuna. 2B: Cabrera, Luke Price, Colten Nix; Colton Burgess. SF: Tyler Duncan. SB: Northern. LOB: Crowder 9, Connors 6.