PARSONS, Kan. — The Crowder College Roughriders opened their season with a 15-3 win Thursday afternoon over the Labette Community College Cardinals.

PARSONS, Kan. — The Crowder College Roughriders opened their season with a 15-3 win Thursday afternoon over the Labette Community College Cardinals.
The Cardinals made the mistake of taking a 2-1 lead after one, because the ‘Riders scored 14 unanswered runs en route to their seven-inning run-rule victory.
Crowder exploded for five runs in the second and seven in the fourth.
In his college debut, Crowder leadoff man and future Central Arkansas player Jacob Adams started his career in absolute style — 4 for 5 at the plate with three runs scored and three RBI. He drew a walk in a sixth plate appearance, giving him five times on base. Adams’ two-run double in the second gave the ‘Riders the lead for good.
Crowder dispersed its 13 hits among nine players, with Adams and Casey Vaughan’s two hits the only multi-hit efforts. Trey Turner, Dalton Dull, Kyle MacDonald, Drew Reilly, Troy Cahill, Tucker Harris and Elvis Peralta each collected hits on a day when the Cardinals threw five different pitchers and committed five errors to only compound their woes.
Well, Labette surrendered 13 hits, made five errors, walked 11 batters and hit one batter. Of course, the Cardinals managed to earn 21 outs, including 13 by strikeout. Crowder also swiped four bases and left 11 runners behind.
Adams led off the contest with a single and advanced to second on an error by left fielder Kolten Schenker. Turner worked a four-pitch walk from starter Chandler Minze. Turner and Adams stole second and third, respectively, and then Vaughan reached on an error by second baseman Austin Giannola. Freshman first baseman MacDonald hit a grounder to Giannola traded two outs for one Crowder run, retiring Turner at second and MacDonald at first on the 4-6-3 double play. Reilly hit into a 5-3 groundout to end the inning, minimizing Crowder’s damage to 1-0.
In the bottom of the first, Zach Matson started out slowly, as he walked three of the first four Labette hitters, Giannola, Dallas Alderton and Logan Gipson. Matson hit Manny Gomez with a pitch, allowing Giannola to cross home for a tie score. The Cardinals went ahead 2-1 on a Crowder error.
In the top of the second, Minze started out right with back-to-back strikeouts against Jacob Brimer and Cahill. Everything looked good for the Cardinals, until Tucker Harris connected on a single. Peralta worked a four-pitch walk, bringing up Adams and the top of the Crowder order, who took Minze to town.
Adams plated Harris and Peralta with a double. Turner scored Adams with a single. Vaughan hit Crowder’s first home run of the season with a shot out to left.
MacDonald and Reilly worked walks from Minze, but were stranded.
Matson walked his third Labette batter of the night to start the second, but he was later thrown out at second on a caught stealing by catcher Harris. Matson struck out Pedro Varela and Josh Stephens swinging, with Schenker thrown out during a 2-1 count to Stephens.
Cahill led off the Crowder third with a walk, stole second and came around to score on an Adams double.
Matson retired the side in the third, benefiting from two groundball outs, including a 4-3 by Peralta and a 5-3 by Cahill.
In the top of the fourth, Vaughan led off with a walk and scored on a MacDonald double, as he feasted on Kurt Phillips’ third pitch of the at-bat. Crowder 8-2.
Reilly reached on an error by third baseman Varela, which advanced MacDonald to third. With one down and Cahill at the plate, Phillips’ error allowed MacDonald to score and Reilly to advance to second. Crowder 9-2. Two pitches later, Cahill doubled home Reilly and Crowder led 10-2.
Phillips hit Harris with a pitch. Harris and Cahill advanced to second and third on a wild pitch by Labette reliever Luis Mercedes, then did it all over again, only Cahill scored on another Mercedes wild pitch. A third Mercedes wild pitch (he pitched like a Pinto early on) scored Harris and Crowder led 12-2.
Vaughan gave the ‘Riders their 14-2 lead with a two-run single plating Adams and Turner.
Subbing in several players, Crowder scored its final run in the sixth on a Dull RBI single. Dull substituted for Vaughan and the No. 3 spot in the lineup between Vaughan and Dull produced three hits and five RBI.
Matson allowed no hits in four innings of work and earned the win. Ace reliever Mason Faulkner gave up Labette’s four hits in three innings of work.
Former East Newton standout and Crowder recruit Sam Swartz was hit by Faulkner’s pitch in the seventh.
No. 17-ranked Crowder, 1-0 on the season, plays Coffeyville on the road Saturday. The ‘Riders play their home opener next Thursday against Labette — same first pitch (2 p.m.), different field.

Crowder 151 701 0 — 15 12 2
Labette     200 000 1 —3   4  5
Zach Matson, Mason Faulkner (5) and Tucker Harris. Chandler Minze, Kurt Phillips (2), Luis Mercedes (4), Sam Dannehl (6), Bradley Nolen (7). E: Nathan Best, Elvis Peralta; Phillips 2, Pedro Valela, Austin Giannola, Kolten Schenker. HR: Casey Vaughan. 2B: Jacob Adams 2, Troy Cahill, Kyle MacDonald; Giannola. HBP: Harris; Sam Swartz, Manny Gomez. SB: Adams, Cahill, Harris, Trey Turner. LOB: Crowder 11, Labette 6.