JOPLIN — Crowder redshirt sophomore first baseman Kyle MacDonald certainly had a performance to remember Sunday in the 17-6 Region 16 title game win against Jefferson at Joe Becker Stadium.

JOPLIN — Crowder redshirt sophomore first baseman Kyle MacDonald certainly had a performance to remember Sunday in the 17-6 Region 16 title game win against Jefferson at Joe Becker Stadium.
MacDonald went 4 for 5 with six RBI and his day at the plate included a two-run single and a two-run home run that helped spark Crowder in the early stages of a game following a 12-3 defeat.
Having been in the Crowder program for three seasons, MacDonald has seen his fair share of highs and lows, and that’s why not being on the short end again seemed to motivate him in Game 2 on Sunday.
“It’s been three years working for this goal,” MacDonald said after the game. “Last year was heartbreaking. We lost on a walk-off in extras, but to be able to win it this year and the way that we did it, it’s awesome. The group of guys that we have is unbelievable and I wouldn’t want to do it with a better group of guys.”
MacDonald’s performance in the 17-6 win compared to the 12-3 loss earlier Sunday to Jefferson was the microcosm of the day.
“We’ve got a resilient group here,” MacDonald said. “We said before the (second) game that we need to step up. We need to play better than we did. Going 0 for 4 with three Ks is just not going to get it done and you’ve got to be better. We were better as a team the second game and the scoreboard showed it.”
“Again, it’s having a short memory,” Crowder head coach Travis Lallemand said. “Just putting together the at-bats and trusting the process. He’s a third-year guy. He’s one of the best hitters that we’ve had here in a long time. Just going out and forgetting what happening and ‘Hey, it’s a new opportunity.’ He took full advantage.”
This week will be a busy one for MacDonald and his ‘Rider teammates.
“We’ve got finals this week,” he said, “so I’m sure we’ve got (Monday) off to study for some finals. We’ve got districts at our home field, so it will be nice and it will be easy to prepare. It will give us a home surrounding and we’ll get ready to go and get back to our regular routine.”
After 60 games this season, MacDonald owned a .346 average (73-211) with 59 runs scored, 16 doubles, one triple, a team-high 13 home runs, 64 RBI, and nine stolen bases in 10 attempts.