The Crowder Roughriders lost consecutive games for the first time all season and dropped to 11-4 overall after 3-2 and 3-1 losses Sunday afternoon to Iowa Western.

The Crowder Roughriders lost consecutive games for the first time all season and dropped to 11-4 overall after 3-2 and 3-1 losses Sunday afternoon to Iowa Western.
Crowder returns to action Tuesday on the road against Kansas powerhouse Neosho County. Crowder and Neosho County have first pitch at 1 p.m. at Hudson Field in Chanute.
On the day Sunday, Crowder managed only five hits over 14 innings against Iowa Western pitchers Dan Tillo, Zach Barnes, Indigo Diaz and Jeremy Moyer, two in the first game against Tillo and Barnes and three in the second against Diaz and Moyer. Just one of the five hits went for extra bases, a double by Elvis Peralta in the 3-2 loss.
Over its first 13 games, Crowder had accumulated 121 runs scored, an average per game brought down by the second game Saturday against Iowa Western and even more Sunday. Crowder produced seven runs in the first game of the four-game series, then four runs the next three games.
Iowa Western is the No. 3 ranked team in the NJCAA Division I preseason poll and the Reivers certainly held true to that ranking in the series at Roughrider Field.
In the opener Sunday, Iowa Western scored three runs in the first and second — one first, two second — against former Arkansas pitcher Ty Harris and the ‘Riders pieced together single-run rallies in the fifth and sixth innings.
In the fifth, former Monett standout Cameron Witt singled off Dan Tillo to start the frame, then Kobe Morris walked and Jacob Adams reached on a fielder’s choice retiring Morris at second for two outs. Witt scored on a play and Adams was tagged out at second.
In the sixth, Peralta connected on an one-out double, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on Luke Price’s 5-3 groundout. Kyle MacDonald, who had worked a walk after Peralta, advanced to second on Price’s groundout and then head coach Travis Lallemand called on Bailey Jenkins to run for MacDonald. Brady Bradshaw reached on an error and the ‘Riders had runners on the corners with two outs, then Witt hit a grounder to shortstop Eric Mingus, who beat Bradshaw to the bag for the final out and to preserve the 3-2 score.
In the seventh, Iowa Western reliever Zach Barnes earned the save with consecutive Jacob Charron, Morris and Adams flyouts.
Iowa Western took a 1-0 lead in the series finale and Crowder tied it up with one in the third, but then Iowa Western scored two in the fourth to close out the scoring.
Morris led off the third with a single, Adams walked, Morris advanced to third on a Tyler Duncan flyout and then scored on a Peralta fielder’s choice.
Adams, Bradshaw and Morris had the only Crowder hits, after Peralta and Witt accounted for the two hits in the first game.
Crowder’s Tuesday opponent Neosho County was No. 12 in that NJCAA-I preseason poll and the Panthers have already roared to an 10-0 start, scoring at least 10 runs in every game this season.
The Panthers swept the Baker JV (11-0, 12-1), Ottawa JV (16-0, 16-4, 15-4, 11-0) and Highland, Illinois (13-3, 19-6, 11-0, 11-1).
Neosho County has three players around 20 RBI — Aaron Dees 20 and Cooper Minnick and Nate Vossman 19 each.
Crowder and Neosho County split their two games last season — Neosho County a 22-7 winner in Chanute and Crowder a 8-4 winner in Neosho.

Iowa Western          120 000 0 — 3 8 2
Crowder                000 011 0 — 2 2 1
Dan Tillo, Zach Barnes (7) and John Hawk. Ty Harris, Adam Smoggins (7) and Jacob Charron. WP: Tillo. LP: Harris. SV: Barnes. E: Breyden Eckhout 2; Kyle MacDonald. 2B: Cole Evans, Jack Morock; Elvis Peralta. SB: Eckhout, Hawk. LOB: Iowa Western 7, Crowder 5.

Iowa Western         100 200 0 — 3 6 0
Crowder               001 000 0 — 1 3 4
Indigo Diaz, Jeremy Moyer (4) and Jake Kistaitis, Peter Hutzal. Colton Larkins, Nate Alberius (7) and Michael Miller. WP: Diaz. LP: Larkins. E: Kobe Morris, Luke Price, Tyler Duncan, Jacob Adams. 2B: Brandon Bena. SH: Hutzal, Eric Mingus. SB: Zach Hanna; Elvis Peralta. LOB: Iowa Western 5, Crowder 8.