POPLAR BLUFF — Crowder sophomore pitcher Aaron Ashby entered Sunday's Region 16 contest against Three Rivers having thrown consecutive no-hitters, both five-inning no-nos against St. Louis and Mineral Area, and having earned consecutive NJCAA Division I pitcher of the week honors.

Three Rivers' Drew Evans ended Ashby's no-hitter streak on the game's first pitch with a leadoff double.

Ashby had consecutive walks to load the bases and then Evans scored on a wild pitch, breaking Ashby's scoreless innings streak.

Ashby's Three Rivers counterpart River Hunt threw 4 1/3 no-hit innings himself, until Colten Nix hit a triple, and Crowder scored two runs in the fifth with the help of an error en route to a 2-1 win in Game 1 Sunday at Roger Pattillo Field.

Three Rivers took a 5-2 win in the second game.

In the first game, Crowder relievers Jack Jumper and Tyler Gregg closed the door on Three Rivers over the last three innings.

Jumper allowed one hit over two innings of work and struck out three and walked one.

Gregg pitched a spotless seventh with no hits and no walks. He induced a pair of fly balls and one ground ball for the 1-2-3 inning.

Jumper and Gregg have been solid all season.

Nix's triple remained the only Crowder hit against Three Rivers pitchers Hunt and Elvin Diaz, who pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings and recorded five strikeouts and two walks.

Hunt allowed both runs (both earned) on one hit over 4 2/3 innings and he struck out five and walked four.

Winning pitcher Ashby allowed one run (earned) on one hit over four innings and he struck out eight and walked six. Over his last three starts, a combined 14 innings, Ashby's surrendered only just one hit and just one run.

All told, the five pitchers in Game 1 combined for 21 strikeouts, which accounted for exactly half of the outs in the contest.

In the second game, Crowder managed only single runs in the first and sixth, while Three Rivers scored two in the first, two in the second, and one in the third.

Tyler Duncan helped get the 'Riders on the board when he connected on a triple and he crossed home plate on a balk.

Later, in the sixth, Drew Reilly hit a solo home run.

Crowder, a team known for its offensive proficiency, only scored four runs on four hits Sunday, far below a standard that had the 'Riders averaging nearly 10 runs per game over their first 37 contests. Of their four hits, three went for extra bases.

Three Rivers' Shelby Quiggins allowed two runs (both earned) on three hits over 6 1/3 innings and he struck out five and walked six. Quentin Bowling, who started against Zach Jackson in the first game of the series, picked up the final two outs for the save.

Bryce Bartlett took the loss, allowing five runs (three earned) on four hits over two innings. He both struck out and walked two.

Brett Brockinton pitched four scoreless innings of relief and he struck out two and walked none.

Crowder, 30-9 overall and 16-3 in Region 16, returns to action Tuesday, weather permitting, on the road against nationally-ranked Fort Scott.

CROWDER 2, THREE RIVERS 1
Crowder    000 020 0 — 2 1 1
Three Rivers    100 000 0 — 1 2 1
Aaron Ashby, Jack Jumper (5), Tyler Gregg (7) and Samuel Chaput. River Hunt, Elvin Diaz (5) and Reece Reading. WP: Ashby. LP: Hunt. E: Colten Nix; Garyn Stewart. 3B: Colten Nix. 2B: Drew Evans. SB: Cooper King; Preston Hart. HBP: Dylan Kater. LOB: Crowder 6, Three Rivers 10.

THREE RIVERS 5, CROWDER 2
Crowder    100 001 0 — 2 3 1
Three Rivers    221 000 X — 5 7 0
Bryce Bartlett, Brett Brockinton (3) and Samuel Chaput. Shelby Quiggins, Quentin Bowling (7) and Matt Robbins. WP: Quiggins. LP: Bartlett. SV: Bowling. E: Frielin Cabrera. HR: Drew Reilly. 3B: Tyler Duncan. 2B: Drew Evans. SB: Garyn Stewart. HBP: Dylan Kater. LOB: Crowder 6, Three Rivers 5.