Crowder redshirt sophomore pitcher Aaron Patton’s favorite day of the week must be Saturday.

Crowder redshirt sophomore pitcher Aaron Patton’s favorite day of the week must be Saturday.
For example, just last week against Marshalltown (Iowa), Patton threw a six-hit complete game shutout.
Well, his next time out, Saturday against North Iowa Area, Patton was even better on the mound as he tossed a three-hit shutout and earned Crowder a 6-0 win doubleheader split after its 10-9 loss in the first game.
Patton entered Saturday’s contest with a 3-1 record and a 3.04 ERA. Now, Patton stands at 4-1 with a 2.41 ERA, striking out 40 batters over 33 2/3 innings.
Back to Saturdays. Patton earned a win in relief on Feb. 6 against Coffeyville, took a no-decision Feb. 13 against Seminole State, earned a win Feb. 20 against Des Moines Area and took his only loss Feb. 27 against Iowa Western in Saturday outings other than Marshalltown and North Iowa.
Crowder’s split Saturday against North Iowa earned the Roughriders a 13-9 record and weather permitting, of course, the ‘Riders will play a makeup game today against Connors State.
Offensively, in the second game Saturday, Crowder scored one in the first, four in the third and one in the fourth.
Former Neosho High player Trey Turner started the Crowder first with a double off North Iowa starter Dusty Harrill. Turner advanced 90 feet on Jacob Adams’ 4-3 groundout, a fundamental play with the groundball to the right side with less than two outs and a runner in scoring position. Three pitches later, Casey Vaughan provided Patton with the necessary run support, his single plating fellow sophomore outfielder Turner.
Turner proved double-trouble again leading off the third against Harrill, taking Harrill’s third pitch and connecting on a double. Turner advanced to third on an error by Harrill and scored on an error by second baseman Connor Enochs. The other three ‘Rider runs came on a Dylan Formby RBI single plating Vaughan and a Troy Cahill two-run single plating Kyle MacDonald and Formby.
MacDonald closed out the scoring with a RBI double in the fourth.
Tucker Harris led Crowder with three hits and Turner, Vaughan and MacDonald each had two. Formby’s and Cahill’s only hits produced three runs. Both Turner’s hits were doubles.
Meanwhile, North Iowa managed just three singles against Patton, by Malique Ziegler, Troy Bullingham and Brandon Michie. Ziegler singled in the third and Bullingham and Michie both singled in the seventh.
The Trojans loaded the bases in the seventh, but Patton struck out both Jonathan Cruz and Blake Whitecotton swinging to complete the complete game shutout. Patton finished with 100 pitches exactly, throwing 62 strikes and 38 balls.
Crowder gave North Iowa its first loss of the season.
In the opening game Saturday, Crowder fell behind 10-2 before scoring six runs in the sixth and one in the seventh for a comeback that fell just short.
The Trojans brought on reliever Noah Egger in the sixth for starter and UNC-Greensboro commit Dan Loats, who allowed two runs on two hits over the first five frames.
The ‘Riders exploded against Egger, who started his rocky 2/3 of an inning by walking MacDonald and Jacob Brimer. Formby flied out to center fielder Ziegler for the first out and then on the first pitch to Cahill, Cahill connected on a two-run double scoring both MacDonald and Brimer.
Elvis Peralta continued the rally with a single advancing Cahill to third. Both Cahill and Peralta scored on a Harris single. Harris advanced to second on an error by left fielder Spencer Halloran. Adams worked a walk and both Adams and Harris advanced a base on a wild pitch.
Turner plated Harris on a sacrifice fly and Vaughan scored Adams with a RBI double off new reliever Pat Machibroda’s second pitch. Machibroda struck out MacDonald swinging to maintain the damage at 10-8.
Crowder brought in Mason Faulkner for the top of the seventh and he retired North Iowa in order — Enochs on a 4-3 groundout, Robbie Glendinning on a fly out to Adams and Bullingham down on strikes.
The bottom of the seventh began promisingly for Crowder, as Brimer worked a walk and Formby reached on an error by new reliever Danny Beizer. Pinch runner Dalton Dull advanced to third on the error and that set up runners at the corners for Cahill with no outs.
On his second pitch from Beizer, Cahill hit a sharp grounder to shortstop Glendinning, who started the patented 6-4-3 double play. Dull scored, but Crowder had to start all over behind 10-9 with two outs.
Peralta flied out to left and the game was over.
Adams, Turner, Vaughan, Cahill, Peralta and Harris each had one of Crowder’s six hits, while Turner, Cahill and Harris each drove in two runs.
North Iowa, ranked No. 13 in NJCAA Division II, moved to 9-1 on the season and the Trojans travel to Enid, Okla., for three games today and Monday against Northern Oklahoma-Enid.

North Iowa           020 314 0 — 10 14 2
Crowder           100  016 1 —   9   6  1
Dan Loats, Noah Egger (6), Pat Machibroda (6), Danny Beizer (7) and Austin LaDoux. Zach Matson, Brady Bradshaw (5), Colton Larkins (6), Mason Faulkner (7) and Tucker Harris. WP: Loats. LP: Matson. SV: Beizer. E: Spencer Halloran, Beizer; Kyle MacDonald. HR: LaDoux. 3B: Trey Turner. 2B: Malique Ziegler, Halloran; Troy Cahill, Casey Vaughan. SF: Jonathan Cruz; Turner. SB: Connor Enochs; Turner. LOB: North Iowa 9, Crowder 5.

North Iowa           000 000 0 — 0  3  2
Crowder            104 100  x  — 6 11  1
Dusty Harrill, Ty Yewman (4) and Blake Whitecotton. Aaron Patton and Tucker Harris. WP: Patton (4-1). LP: Harrill. E: Harrill, Connor Enochs; Jacob Adams. 2B: Troy Turner 2, Kyle MacDonald. SB: Spencer Halloran. HBP: Troy Cahill, Casey Vaughan. LOB: North Iowa 6, Crowder 8.