The Crowder Roughriders and the Connors State Cowboys played home-and-home games over a period of eight days.
In the first game, No. 7 Crowder defeated No. 10 Connors State 13-9 with six runs in the final two innings good for the Roughrider victory.
In the second game, No. 9 Connors State earned a 13-8 victory Tuesday over No. 3 Crowder at Roughrider Field.
The NJCAA Division I rankings were released on Tuesday before the game — Crowder moved up five spots to No. 3, while Connors State dropped two spots from No. 7.
Connors State ended Crowder’s winning streak at nine games.
On Tuesday, the ‘Riders surged out to a 5-2 lead with five runs in the second, but the Cowboys changed the course of the game with eight in the fifth producing a 10-5 advantage.
Eventually, after one in the sixth and two in the seventh, Connors State led 13-5 before Crowder finished off the scoring with a Frielin Cabrera three-run home run in the seventh.
In that eight-run inning, Drenis Ozuna started the scoring with a two-run double and Darian Luper hit a three-run triple. Aside from surrendering a couple big hits, Crowder hurt itself with walks, hit batters, and errors, all elements contributing to an opponent’s big inning.
The ‘Riders matched that eight-run inning with their five in the second and three in the seventh. However, Connors State produced five other runs.
Six of Crowder’s runs came from three-run homers, Kobe Morris’ in the second and Cabrera’s in the seventh. Riley Perks and Cooper King hit RBI singles in the second.
Crowder’s middle infield enjoyed a productive day at the plate, combining for seven hits in nine at-bats. Cabrera led the 12-hit attack with four and King added three.
Morris, Tyler Duncan, Drew Reilly, Tyler Ketterman, and Perks each had the other hits.
Defensively, the ‘Riders committed three errors.
Adam Scoggins took the loss for Crowder, allowing five runs (one earned) on one hit over 2/3 inning. He walked four and struck out two.
Crowder starter Andrew Bradshaw allowed five runs (all earned) on five hits over four innings. He struck out three and walked one.
Colten Weber was the only one of four Crowder pitchers who emerged unscathed on Tuesday, pitching two hitless and scoreless innings.
All told, Crowder surrendered nine hits, committed three errors, walked eight batters, and hit four more batters, giving up far too many free bases to a top 10 ranked team.
Meanwhile, Connors State’s Johnaikel Acosta earned the win with five innings of long relief. Acosta allowed three runs (all earned, on Cabrera’s three-run homer) on six hits with three strikeouts and one walk.
Crowder, 21-6 overall and 8-0 Region 16, returned to region play on the road Wednesday against St. Louis, before coming home Thursday to close out the series against the Archers. Originally, the ‘Riders and the Archers were slated to play doubleheaders Thursday and Saturday, but the threat of inclement weather moved Saturday’s games to Wednesday.
CONDORS STATE 13, CROWDER 8
Connors State 200 081 200 — 13 9 1
Crowder 050 000 300 — 8 12 3
Jack Liddell, Johnaikel Acosta (5) and Tony Hrynkiw. Andrew Bradshaw, Adam Scoggins (5), Brett Brockinton (5), Colten Weber (8) and Tyler Ketterman. WP: Acosta. LP: Scoggins. E: Jake Northern; Cooper King, Scoggins, Colten Nix. HR: Carson Johnson; Frielin Cabrera, Kobe Morris. 3B: Darian Luper; Cabrera. 2B: Luper, Drenis Ozuna, Luis Pelayo, Northern. SB: George Bell. HBP: Jake Womack, Ozuna, Johnson, Colton Burgess. LOB: Connors State 11, Crowder 5.