Crowder improved to 18-3 with a sweep of Coffeyville on Wednesday, 18-0 and 10-2. The Lady 'Riders earned their eighth and ninth wins at home, and wrapped up their 10-game homestand 8-2, their only two losses against Lake Land on Saturday.

Crowder improved to 18-3 with a sweep of Coffeyville on Wednesday, 18-0 and 10-2. The Lady 'Riders earned their eighth and ninth wins at home, and wrapped up their 10-game homestand 8-2, their only two losses against Lake Land on Saturday.
In the opener, Crowder made quick work of the Red Ravens, scoring four runs in both the first and second innings and then five runs in both the third and fourth innings. Plus, pitchers Bree Cornett and Rachel Gregory combined on a one-hitter.
Crowder scored 18 runs on 16 hits and seven Coffeyville errors. Courtni Smith and Bailey Bunch, the first two hitters in the Lady 'Riders lineup, each collected three hits and Mac Escovedo, Paige Mendoza and Lauren Nahnsen each had two hits. Bunch drove in four runs, Mendoza three, and Smith, Escovedo, Nahnsen and Megan Heman two each.
Cornett pitched three perfect innings, fanning seven Red Ravens. Gregory surrendered Coffeyville's lone hit, a double by right fielder Jhoneecie Pulse.
In the top of the first, Cornett struck out the side on just nine pitches, an incredible start to the doubleheader.
Then, in the bottom of the first, Smith reached on an error, as her push bunt gave Coffeyville shortstop Cortney Brown too much trouble. Bunch sacrificed Smith into scoring position, then Smith swiped third with Escovedo at the plate. Escovedo singled on her third pitch.
Brown's nightmarish first continued with two more errors, one scoring Mendoza. The Lady 'Riders scored their third and fourth runs of the first on a Heman double.
In the second, Cornett earned two more strikeouts, running her streak to the first five hitters in the Coffeyville lineup before Bailey Gray popped out to first baseman Mendoza.
Coley Ickes led off the Crowder second by reaching on an error, then she stole second and advanced to third on fellow McDonald County alum Smith's single. Bunch doubled home Ickes. Smith scored on an Escovedo groundout. Bunch scored on an Mendoza groundout. Just as when it seemed Coffeyville might exit the second with no further damage, Lizzy Souza reached on a three-base error and scored on a Nahnsen single.
In the third, Cornett earned her sixth and seventh strikeouts in one time through the Red Ravens' order.
In the Crowder third, Danielle Salas and Ickes led off with consecutive walks. Smith doubled home both Salas and Ickes for a 10-0 lead. Bunch one-upped Smith with a triple scoring Smith and then scored on a passed ball. Mendoza doubled home Escovedo, who reached on a single, for a 13-0 advantage.
In the fourth, Pulse hit an one-out double, but the Lady 'Riders stranded her at third with a groundout and a flyout, respectively.
In the Crowder fourth, with one down, Ickes reached on an error and Smith singled, setting the table for Bunch. Bunch promptly cleared the bases with a triple, liking her fifth pitch after three foul balls. Mendoza scored Bunch with a single, Nahnsen plated Mendoza with a double and Crowder reached 18 when Jessica Picou's single plated Taylor Easley.
Coffeyville worked a walk in the fifth, but Gregory and the Lady 'Riders picked up three straight outs for an early game.
In the second game, Crowder gave up its only runs of the doubleheader, but still had more than enough to dispatch the Red Ravens.
In the Crowder first, errors once again doomed Coffeyville, both Smith and Bunch reaching on an error and Smith scoring on an error.
In the Crowder third, trailing 2-1 after the Red Ravens plated two in the top half, Heman earned Crowder a tie score with a RBI double.
Crowder busted loose the knotted score in the fourth with four runs. Ickes and Jessica Picou began it all rather benignly, reaching on bunt singles. Ickes advanced to third on Picou's single and Picou stole second. Smith doubled home Ickes, then Picou and Smith scored on a two-base error triggered by a Bunch bunt. Escovedo doubled home Bunch.
Crowder tacked on four more insurance runs in the sixth.
The Lady 'Riders have scored 48 runs over their last four games, all wins, averaging 12 runs per game.

UP NEXT
Crowder plays next in the annual Crowder Bash, a two-day tournament featuring 10 teams at the Joplin Athletic Complex.
The Lady 'Riders play Northern Oklahoma-Enid (10 a.m.), Indian Hills (noon) and Riverland (6 p.m.) on Saturday, then come back Sunday with Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (11 a.m.) and Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa (1 p.m.).
Northern Oklahoma-Enid, from Region II, enters the weekend with a 11-4-1 overall record. Three of their 11 wins came against Coffeyville, 9-1, 8-0 and 12-7.
Freshman outfielder-catcher Tori Danielson leads the team with four home runs and 13 RBI, all with a .400 batting average (18 for 45).
Indian Hills, from Region 11, owns a 9-6 overall record, with none of their first 15 games played at home. Indian Hills earned wins against Coffeyville, 9-8 and 9-0.
Riverland, a NJCAA Division III unlike these other NJCAA-I schools, owns a 0-6 mark and the Blue Devils are based in Austin, Minn.
NEO currently owns a 11-2 record and half of their losses came against Crowder, a 6-4 game on Feb. 25. The Lady Norse are scheduled to play a doubleheader Friday at home against Indian Hills, and bring a seven-game winning streak.
Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa, another Region II team like Northern Oklahoma-Enid and NEO, holds a 7-10 record with 10-0 and 12-4 losses to NEO its last time out.
The Lady 'Riders return home on the 17th for their Region 16 opener against Maple Woods and then head on the road to Cocoa Beach, Fla., for games against Southwestern, College of Central Florida and Daytona State.