JOPLIN — In the opening game for the No. 3-ranked Crowder Roughriders in the South Central District tournament Saturday, offense ruled the day and Crowder swung bigger bats in a 10-8 win over three-time defending district champion Delgado.

JOPLIN — In the opening game for the No. 3-ranked Crowder Roughriders in the South Central District tournament Saturday, offense ruled the day and Crowder swung bigger bats in a 10-8 win over three-time defending district champion Delgado.
Of the 15 hits for Crowder against Delgado, 10 of them counted for extra bases.
Jacob Adams’ two-run home run in the eighth gave Crowder a 9-8 lead and redshirt sophomore Kyle Blackwell provided some insurance with a sacrifice fly in the ninth.
Aaron Ashby shut the door on the Dolphins with two scoreless innings, canceling out three walks with four strikeouts.
“It’s been the same story all year,” Crowder head coach Travis Lallemand said. “We battled and battled and battled. We came up with the big hits and hit the ball out of the yard a couple times to get back in it. Again, pitching was outstanding. Ashby came in and gets out of a bases-loaded, one-out situation to keep the game where it’s at. Absolutely huge.”
Crowder starter Zach Jackson battled for the win, allowing eight runs (four earned) on 13 hits over seven innings. Jackson struck out four and walked one. Most importantly, he gobbled up the innings and saved Crowder on pitching, always important for a double-elimination tournament.
Christopher Turpin at least did his part for Delgado, allowing seven runs (all earned) on 12 hits over his seven innings. He struck out eight and walked one. However, Delgado made three pitching changes in the final two innings.
Crowder hit four home runs in the contest and scored seven of its 10 runs courtesy the long ball.
The Dolphins opened the scoring in the third, after Anthony Valdes hit a 0-1 pitch from Jackson for a leadoff double. Brandt Broussard bunted Valdes over to third and Valdes scored on a passed ball.
Elvis Peralta led off the Crowder fourth with a triple and then on the next pitch, Kyle MacDonald hit a two-run home run. Luke Price doubled, advanced to third on a Cameron Witt fly ball, and scored on a Michael Miller two-out single. Kobe Morris continued the two-out production with a RBI double.
Broussard bruised a Jackson pitch for a grand slam and 5-4 Delgado lead in the bottom half of the fourth. Crowder helped Delgado out with an error.
Blake Freeman’s two-run single pushed Delgado’s lead to 7-4.
Crowder earned a 7-all score in the seventh. Duncan hit a leadoff double and on the next pitch, Peralta followed with a two-run homer, echoing a previous two-run homer in the game. With two outs, Blackwell connected on a two-run homer.
Peralta only need a single (of all hits) for the cycle.
Delgado responded quickly in the seventh, taking its final lead of the contest. J.P. LaGreco led off with a first-pitch single against Jackson and scored on a Matt Rykaczewski double. MacDonald prevented further scoreboard damage when he threw out Rykaczewski at home on a Tristan Babin grounder, an important defensive play in a game featuring so much offense.
Crowder earned its 50th win of the season with this 10-8 win, improving to 50-11. Lallemand’s previous winningest season was 47 in 2013, a team that finished Region 16 runner-up.


CROWDER 10, DELGADO 8
Crowder       000 400 321 — 10 15 2
Delgado        001 420 100 —  8  13 1
Zach Jackson, Aaron Ashby (8) and Michael Miller. Christopher Turpin, Christian Latino (8), Kyle Flettrich (8), Skylar Enlow (9) and Matt Rykaczewski. WP: Jackson. LP: Flettrich. SV: Ashby. E: Kobe Morris, Elvis Peralta; Blake Way. HR: Kyle Blackwell, Kyle MacDonald, Elvis Peralta, Jacob Adams; Brandt Broussard. 3B: Peralta. 2B: Morris, MacDonald, Luke Price, Peralta, Tyler Duncan; Tristan Babin, Anthony Valdes, Rykaczewski. SH: Broussard. LOB: Crowder 7, Delgado 8.