Crowder redshirt sophomore Casey Vaughan recently earned all-Region 16 honors, selected as an outfielder although he played many games at first base during the injury to redshirt freshman Kyle MacDonald.


Crowder redshirt sophomore Casey Vaughan recently earned all-Region 16 honors, selected as an outfielder although he played many games at first base during the injury to redshirt freshman Kyle MacDonald.
Vaughan, who missed nearly the entire 2015 season due to injury, came back with a vengeance this season, finishing with a .319 batting average, .449 on-base percentage, .549 slugging percentage, 60 runs scored, 68 hits, 11 doubles, one triple, 12 home runs, 55 RBI, 43 walks and 43 strikeouts, and 16 stolen bases in 21 attempts. Vaughan led the team in homers and he joined freshman shortstop Jacob Adams and sophomore third baseman Troy Cahill as the only 'Riders to play in all 62 games.
Crowder reached 40 wins for the sixth time in seven seasons and improved on its win total from the previous season by 12, going from 28-21 to 40-22. The 'Riders once had a 18-16 record, but ended the season on a 22-6 run in reaching the championship game of the Region 16 Tournament.
Vaughan, an Arkansas native, signed with Arkansas State and the Red Wolves, playing their home game of the season, saved their best for last with a 8-6 win over No. 6-ranked Mississippi on Tuesday.

Pate earns national pitching honor
When the NJCAA honored its players and pitchers of the week for its three divisions on Tuesday, Crowder sophomore pitcher Kyle Pate earned Division I pitcher of the week for his outstanding performance in the Region 16 Tournament last weekend at Warren Turner Field.
Pate earned a decision in Crowder's last three tournament games, finishing 2-1 with a 0.00 ERA and 15 strikeouts balanced against three walks over 7 2/3 innings. Pate took wins against Jefferson and St. Louis, and he took the loss when Maple Woods scored three runs (all unearned) in the bottom of the 13th.
On the season, Pate finished 4-2 with a 5.59 ERA and 44 strikeouts over 29 innings. He made 12 appearances, including three starts, and his worst outings nearly all came in the earlier part of the season, barring six runs allowed on nine hits over three innings Apr. 30 against Maple Woods. Other than that outing, he did not allow a single earned run over his final seven appearances.