The Crowder Roughriders earned a 3-1 series edge with a sweep Sunday of the North Iowa Trojans, 9-1 and 3-2, at Roughrider Field.
In the opener, sophomore infielder Kobe Morris came through with a monster performance, two runs scored, three hits, and six RBI.
Denver Mullins added two hits, while Tyler Duncan, Samuel Chaput, and Riley Perks each had one hit to round out the eight-hit attack.
Chaput drove in three runs.
Morris, Perks, and Mullins each doubled.
Crowder went to work on the scoreboard in the middle innings of the seven-inning contest with two runs in the third, four in the fourth, and three in the fifth.
Ross Carver earned the win, allowing one run (unearned) on two hits over six innings and he balanced 12 strikeouts against three walks. Bryce Bartlett pitched a scoreless, hitless, walkless seventh for the ‘Riders.
Crowder, down 2-1 entering the bottom of the fourth, scored two runs in the fifth for the lead.
Duncan, Chaput, and Quinn Cherry each collected one of the three Crowder hits, with RBI for Duncan, Chaput, and Brinson Williams.
Crowder relievers Colten Weber and Tyler Gregg earned the victory and the save, respectively, with four scoreless innings of work between the duo. Weber allowed one hit over two innings, and struck out one and walked two. Gregg allowed one hit over his two innings, and struck out three and walked none.
Sophomore starter E.J. Scott took a no-decision, as he allowed two runs (earned) on three hits over three innings. He struck out five and walked two.
Over the four-game series, Crowder pitchers showed a knack for the strikeout, combining for a whopping 41 strikeouts over 28 innings.
Carver’s 12 Ks Sunday led the way and Aaron Ashby fanned 10 in his Saturday start. Zach Jackson struck out seven over his complete game victory Saturday.
The ‘Riders utilized eight different arms over the weekend.
Carver and Weber each picked up their first collegiate wins, while Gregg earned his second save.
Crowder — 12-4 on the season — returned to action Tuesday afternoon against Neosho County, an unbeaten squad 10-0 entering Tuesday’s game at Hudson Field.
The ‘Riders have their opening Region 16 series scheduled for Saturday and Sunday against Jefferson, their most intense rival. Crowder defeated Jefferson last spring for a Region 16 title at historic Joe Becker Stadium.
CROWDER 9, NORTH IOWA 1
North Iowa 000 001 0 — 1 2 1
Crowder 002 430 X — 9 8 1
Spencer Chirpich, Ryan Swanson (5), Austin VanDeWiele (6) and Ben Komonosky. Ross Carver, Bryce Bartlett (7) and Denver Mullins. WP: Carver. LP: Chirpich. E: Jimmy Brady; Cameron Witt. 2B: Kobe Morris, Riley Perks, Mullins. SB: Luke Price. HBP: Ezequias Encarnacion. LOB: North Iowa 6, Crowder 7.
CROWDER 3, NORTH IOWA 2
North Iowa 101 000 0 — 2 5 3
Crowder 100 200 X — 3 3 0
Tyler Lien, Riley Wikel (3), Harrison Beethe (5) and Ben Komonosky. E.J. Scott, Colten Weber (4), Tyler Gregg (6) and Denver Mullins. WP: Weber. LP: Wikel. SV: Gregg. E: Beethe, Jacob Hansen, Fox Leum. 2B: Bryce Ball, Hansen; Tyler Duncan, Samuel Chaput. SB: Joey Werner; Kobe Morris 2, Duncan, Drew Reilly, Chaput. LOB: North Iowa 7, Crowder 8.