TRENTON — Crowder brought out the sticks Saturday against North Central, scoring 25 runs and earning a four-game series sweep with 10-7 and 15-4 wins.

TRENTON — Crowder brought out the sticks Saturday against North Central, scoring 25 runs and earning a four-game series sweep with 10-7 and 15-4 wins.
The Roughriders improved to 29-18 overall and 16-4 in Region 16 play, staying in the heat of contention.
Crowder received help from Maple Woods on Saturday, as Maple Woods swept Jefferson. Crowder’s 16-4 mark now stands at the top of the Region 16 standings, ahead of Jefferson at 15-5 and each St. Louis and Maple Woods at 14-6.
Both of the final region series will be critical for Crowder, against St. Louis at home next Saturday and Sunday and Maple Woods the last weekend of the month. Jefferson won three of four from Crowder in late March at Roughrider Field.
In the opener Saturday, Drew Reilly and Jacob Adams each had two hits, combining for four of Crowder’s seven hits against North Central pitchers Gordon Arthaud and Andrew Faustlin. Reilly drove in three runs and Dylan Formby and Tucker Harris each had two. The ’Riders scored three runs each in the first and second for a 6-1 lead.
Arthaud never made it beyond the Crowder first, walking six batters and giving up three runs before getting the hook for reliever Faustlin. Arthaud fanned leadoff man Adams, then walked six consecutive hitters. Faustlin then picked up two outs.
Landon Figg hit a solo home run in the bottom of the first.
Adams led off the Crowder second with a home run, the first of three Crowder homers in the game. Reilly and Harris hit a RBI single and a RBI double, respectively, Reilly plating Formby and Harris plating Reilly.
Crowder took an 8-2 lead with two in the sixth. Adams hit a leadoff double and Formby connected on the second homer of the contest.
North Central scored five in the bottom of the sixth for a 8-7 score.
Reilly led off the Crowder seventh with a homer and the ’Riders final insurance run came in the form of a wild pitch allowing Troy Cahill to cross home plate.
Times started tough for Crowder pitcher Ben Madison in the top of the seventh. He walked Cameron Dean and Zach Lehmann to give the Pirates two runners aboard with no outs. Jared Corbett, however, grounded into a 6-3 double play on his first pitch from Madison and Brendly Martina flied out to the end the game.
Madison earned the save, behind his scoreless seventh and earning the final out in the five-run sixth for starter Joey Cooner, who earned the win. That was Madison’s sixth save and Cooner’s fifth win, both pitchers freshmen.
In the nightcap, Crowder scored one in the second, four in the third and five each in the sixth and seventh, while North Central scored all four of its runs in the sixth.
Casey Vaughan finished 2 for 4 with a pair of home runs in his final two at-bats, a two-run shot in the sixth and a three-run homer in the seventh. That’s how to score 10 runs in the final two innings.
Adams homered two batters before Vaughan in the sixth and the game saw five home runs, four in the sixth and seventh.
Reilly led the ’Riders with four hits and he tallied six hits over the day with home runs in each half of the doubleheader and five RBI.
The scoring was opened in the second on Reilly’s solo home run and the ’Riders came right back with four in the third. Bottom of the order Dalton Dull hit a leadoff single and scored on a passed ball. Adams doubled and scored on an error. Formby reached on an error and later scored on another error. Reilly doubled home Brady Bradshaw for a 5-0 lead.
In the Crowder sixth, Cahill hit a leadoff double, stole third and scored on a Dull fielder’s choice. Adams and Vaughan each hit two-run homers.
Over three consecutive hits in the North Central sixth, the Pirates scored all four of their runs. Rubiangelo Mingeli hit a RBI double, followed by a Figg RBI double and a Stephan Vidal two-run home run.
After the homer, Crowder starter Ryan Logan calmed down and retired Lehmann on a fly out to center and Dean on a lineout to first. Logan earned his fifth win of the season, allowing four runs (all earned) on six hits over seven innings. Logan struck out six and walked none, avoiding the latter issue that proves so costly.
Vaughan’s three-run homer and Formby’s RBI single highlighted the Crowder seventh, giving Logan more than enough run support to close out the series.
Crowder improved to 12-3 away from Roughrider Field and the ’Riders are 9-1 away from home in Region 16 games.

CROWDER 10, NORTH CENTRAL 7
Crowder         330 002 2 — 10 7 3
North Central 100 015 0 —   7  9 1
Joey Cooner, Ben Madison (6) and Jacob Charron. Gordon Arthaud, Andrew Faustlin (1) and Rubiangelo Mingeli. WP: Cooner. LP: Arthaud. SV: Madison. E: Jacob Adams, Troy Cahill, Dalton Dull; Mingeli. HR: Adams, Drew Reilly, Dylan Formby; Landon Figg. 2B: Adams, Tucker Harris; Derek Hussey, Zach Lehmann. SB: Casey Vaughan 2, Formby, Cahill; Hussey. HBP: Figg. LOB: Crowder 6, North Central 8.

CROWDER 15, NORTH CENTRAL 4
Crowder       014  005 5 — 15 12  1
N. Central     000 004 0 —  4   6  3
Ryan Logan and Jacob Charron. Kylan Easley, Cedean Langguth (5), Andrew Krause (6) and Zach Lehmann. WP: Logan. LP: Easley. E: Brady Bradshaw; Rubinangelo Mingeli 2, Jared Corbett. HR: Casey Vaughan 2, Jacob Adams, Drew Reilly; Stephan Vidal. 2B: Reilly 2, Adams, Kyle Blackwell, Troy Cahill; Landon Figg, Mingeli. SF: Charron. SH: Hussey. SB: Cahill 2, Reilly, Vaughan; Brendly Martina 2. LOB: Crowder 6, North Central 3.