It’s not even the end of February and the Crowder Roughriders have reached 10 wins on the season.

It’s not even the end of February and the Crowder Roughriders have reached 10 wins on the season.
Crowder improved to 10-1 on the season with a 13-7 win Friday against Southeastern (Iowa) at Roughrider Field.
The ‘Riders took advantage of 11 runs in the first inning and held on for the win over the long nine-inning haul.
Crowder began a four-game series Saturday at home against nationally-ranked Iowa Western. Stories and photos from the weekend series will be in Tuesday’s edition of the Daily News. Sunday’s doubleheader begins at noon.
Iowa Western entered the series 3-5 on the season, coming off a split against Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (13-3 loss, 17-4 win), the only team to win against Crowder this season.
In the first inning Friday, Crowder jumped all over Southeastern starter Andrew Stout, who did not make it past one out in the first, roughed up for seven runs (four earned) on five hits over 1/3 inning.
Leadoff man Jacob Adams took a 2-2 pitch from Stout and singled, then Tyler Duncan hit a RBI triple scoring Adams. No. 3 and No. 4 hitters Elvis Peralta and Kyle MacDonald, respectively, hit RBI singles, MacDonald helped out by a Peralta stolen base and Stout error advancing Peralta 90 feet.
After five straight hits, capped off by a Luke Price single, that’s when walks started taking their toll on Stout. He walked Kyle Blackwell to load the bases and then Blake Daniels and Kobe Morris drew walks, Morris loading the bases again after Price scored on a passed ball.
With two outs and Southeastern reliever Pedro Garcia in the contest, the wheels fell off during Duncan’s second at-bat of the first. See, first baseman Oliver Baez’s error allowed Blackwell, Daniels and Morris to score and Crowder took a 8-0 lead.
Peralta hit a RBI triple and Price a two-run triple to close out the scoring in a wild Crowder first.
The ‘Riders would not score again until the seventh, sitting on 11 runs for a long time.
Southeastern plated four runs in the second and two in the third.
Braeden Brown knocked a three-run home run in the second off Crowder starter Aaron Ashby, who remains looking for his first win of the season.
Austin Martin and Mario Melgoza hit back-to-back doubles starting the third, and Melgoza later scored on an Adams error. Adams atoned for the error one batter later when he started a 6-3 double play.
Ashby took a no-decision, allowing six runs (five earned) on five hits over three innings. He struck out three and walked none.
Patrick Flanagan earned the win in relief, allowing one run on four hits over four innings. Flanagan struck out three and walked two. He earned his first career win in his second career appearance.
Nate Alberius earned the save with two scoreless innings.
Offensively, Crowder was led by three-hit performances by the No. 3-5 spots in their lineup, Peralta, MacDonald and Price. Adams scored two runs, as did Duncan, Peralta, MacDonald and Morris. Peralta drove in three runs and MacDonald and Price each drove in two.
Of Southeastern’s 10 hits, half of them were for extra bases — home runs by Brown and Baez and doubles by Zeb Adreon, Melgoza and Martin.
Southeastern was ranked No. 19 in the preseason poll for NJCAA Division II. The Blackhawks were 41-20 last season, part of three straight 40-win seasons in a row.

CROWDER 13,           SOUTHEASTERN 7
Southeastern     042  000 100 —   7 10 2
Crowder       (11)00 000 20X — 13 14 3
Andrew Stout, Pedro Garcia (1), Jacob Curry (6) and Fransisco Guerrero. Aaron Ashby, Patrick Flanagan (4), Nate Alberius (8) and Jacob Charron. WP: Flanagan. LP: Stout. SV: Alberius. E: Oliver Baez, Stout; Elvis Peralta 2, Jacob Adams. HR: Baez, Braeden Brown. 3B: Luke Price, Peralta, Tyler Duncan. 2B: Zeb Adreon, Marco Melgoza, Austin Martin. SB: Brown; Peralta 2, Kobe Morris. HBP: Oswaldo Calderon, Luis Vargas, Melgoza. LOB: Southeastern 10, Crowder 8.