JOPLIN — Crowder lost the first two games of its annual Crowder Bash on Saturday at the Joplin Athletic Complex. The score of the late game against Riverland was unavailable at press time.

JOPLIN — Crowder lost the first two games of its annual Crowder Bash on Saturday at the Joplin Athletic Complex. The score of the late game against Riverland was unavailable at press time.
Crowder, 18-5 overall, closes out play at 11 a.m. today against Northeastern Oklahoma A&M and at 1 p.m. against Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa.
In the opening game against Northern Oklahoma-Enid, the Lady Jets won 12-11 on freshman Jacye Grimm’s RBI single.
The Lady Jets scored three in the first, two in the second, five in the fifth, one in the sixth and one in the seventh, while Crowder scored one in the first, one in the second, three in the third, three in the fourth, one in the fifth and two in the sixth in a truly back-and-forth offensive showcase. The teams combined for 23 runs on 26 hits, and eight home runs, four by each team.
Lauren Nahnsen led Crowder with three home runs, four runs scored and five RBI, truly a one-player wrecking crew and what she wrecks is an opposing pitcher’s ERA. Nahnsen hit a solo home run to lead off the second, a three-run home run in the fourth and a solo home run in the sixth to draw Crowder within a run.
Courtni Smith went 2 for 3 with a home run, a double, two runs scored and two RBI. Bailey Bunch had a double and one RBI. Paige Mendoza hit a double and two singles.
Kaylon Dunn, Jamie Lowrie, Sierra Elam and Brooke Rains each homered for Northern Oklahoma-Enid, with each player also driving in two runs. Dunn, Lowrie and Elam all crossed home plate for the Lady Jets.
Allison Wells earned the win, despite allowing six runs on nine hits, including three home runs, during four innings of work. She struck out four and walked one.
Nahnsen lost in relief, allowing three runs on five hits over 2 2/3 innings.
In the middle game of the day Saturday against Indian Hills, Crowder lost 11-9, damaged by the Warriors’ seven-run explosion in the fourth inning. Crowder led 6-3 before that eruption.
Indian Hills designated hitter Erica Brown made the biggest damage against Crowder with two home runs and four RBI. She hit a solo home run in the third and an Earl Weaver special in the fourth. In the fourth, three batters ahead of Brown, Mallory Madsen connected on a three-run triple.
Crowder was led by three-hit games from Bunch, Lizzy Souza and Danielle Salas. Mac Escovedo and Megan Heman each drove in three runs. Smith had a pair of RBI.
Brown and Madsen did most of the damage, but Sierra Walton had a pair of hits and RBI and Kacey Duffield drove in a run.
Bree Cornett took the loss for Crowder, allowing 10 runs (eight earned) on 12 hits over 3 1/3 innings. Jerika Schooley pitched 2 2/3 innings of relief, allowing one run on one hit.
Indian Hills won its 10th straight game overall, winning its first two games Saturday.

Pitt State sweeps weekend games
PITTSBURG, Kan. — The Gorillas swept Fort Hays on Friday and Nebraska-Kearney on Saturday to run their winning streak to five games and their record to 17-6 overall and 6-0 in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.
On Friday, sophomore pitcher Emmie Robertson tossed a no-hitter in the opening 1-0 win. In the second game, Pitt State plated five runs in the sixth to earn the 7-1 victory.
In the 7-1 win, former Neosho High standout Catie Cummins had a hit and scored on Sierra Hall’s suicide bunt.
On Saturday, the Gorillas swept the Lopers 11-2 and 8-5. In the 8-5 win, Cummins connected on a two-run double that put the Gorillas ahead 8-3 in the sixth. Cummins had a pair of hits and RBI in the game. In the 11-2 win, she had a pair of hits, including a RBI single in the first.
Over 23 games this season, Cummins batted .302 (19-63) with eight runs scored, seven doubles, one home run and 10 RBI.