Minutes after the conclusion of the Region 16 tournament Saturday, tournament officials announced the all-Region 16 first and second teams.
Crowder earned six nods: sophomore pitchers Zach Jackson and Aaron Ashby, freshman infielder Freilin Cabrera and sophomore infielder Kobe Morris, and sophomore outfielder Tyler Duncan (first team); and redshirt freshman catcher Brinson Williams (second team).
Jackson and Ashby proved to be one of the best pitching duos in NJCAA Division I over their two seasons at Crowder.
Jackson, who just missed tying his own Crowder school record for wins in a season, finished 11-0 with a 3.13 ERA his sophomore campaign and the 6-foot-1, 245-pound hurler from Bryant (Arkansas) tallied 82 strikeouts and 15 walks over 86 1/3 innings.
In a postgame interview, Crowder head coach Travis Lallemand once called Jackson "a winning machine" and what else could be said about a pitcher who finished 23-3 over his two-year career.
Ashby became a dominating pitcher from the first pitch of his sophomore season.
How dominating, you might ask?
Well, in 15 appearances and 13 starts this season, Ashby struck out 156 batters over 74 2/3 innings. That's good for nearly 19 strikeouts per nine innings. He's led NJCAA-I nearly all season in strikeouts and Ks per 9.
Ashby tied Jackson for wins with 11 and finished 11-2 with a 2.29 ERA.
All told, Ashby earned 18 wins during his Crowder career and he racked up six saves and 249 strikeouts over 140 innings. Holy cow!
Jackson and Ashby combined for 41 of Crowder's 100 wins over the last two seasons.
Jackson and Ashby have signed with Arkansas State and Tennessee, respectively, to continue their careers. MLB scouts have been clocking Ashby all season and surely the 6-foot-2, 185-pound southpaw from suburban Kansas City (Missouri side) will go much higher than the 25th round this June.
In his freshman season, Cabrera finished with a team-high 96 hits in 56 games (Cabrera fell four shy of the school record 100 hits Elvis Peralta had last season in 68 games) and the shortstop from the Dominican Republic batted .414 on the season with 71 runs scored, 17 doubles, five triples, five home runs, 61 RBI, and 21 stolen bases.
Morris finished with 77 runs scored, 82 hits, 16 doubles, two triples, 11 home runs, 65 RBI, 50 walks vs. 22 strikeouts, and seven stolen bases. Morris hit .408 on the season.
During his freshman season, Morris hit .384 (78 for 203) with 56 runs scored, 15 doubles, three triples, nine home runs, and 65 RBI.
Duncan produced 67 runs scored, 80 hits, 20 doubles, four triples, seven home runs, and 67 RBI during his sophomore season.
As a freshman, Duncan established a Crowder season record with 80 RBI.
Williams, whose season ended with an injury in the first sub-region game against North Central, hit .357 (40-112) with 38 runs scored, 12 doubles, one triple, six home rus, and 36 RBI over 39 games. Williams walked 26 and struck out 22 times, helping contribute to a Crowder offense that worked 346 walks and struck out 382 times.