The Crowder Lady Roughriders earned a split with rivals Jefferson on Thursday at Roughrider Softball Field, winning the first game 3-1 and falling in the second 10-7.
In the opener, Crowder and Jefferson were locked in a 1-all score until the bottom of the sixth when the Lady ‘Riders pieced together three doubles and two runs for the 3-1 lead. Then, in the top of the seventh, Crowder starter Maddie Massanelli closed the door shut on the Lady Vikings after surrendering a two-out single.
Crowder leadoff hitter Eila Infante sparked the winning rally with a leadoff double and then on the second out, she advanced to third on a flyout to left by Makaila Leonhart. With two outs, after having missed a go-ahead hit on a ball that just landed foul in right, third baseman Kristen Wade connected on a ball to left that just avoided being caught by Jefferson left fielder Erin Lofton.
Baylor Miles then drove home Wade with a double for all the necessary scoreboard damage.
Massanelli and Jefferson’s Corryn Hill each worked well enough, but only Massanelli received the necessary run support to win.
Massanelli allowed one run (earned) on five hits over seven innings, and she balanced five strikeouts against two walks.
Hill, meanwhile, allowed three runs (all earned) on six hits over six innings, and she struck out three and walked one.
Of Crowder’s six hits, four went for doubles. Leonhart joined the three players who doubled in the go-ahead sixth.
Infante led Crowder with a pair of hits and Kenzi Spurgin had the other Lady Roughrider hit.
With this win, the Lady ‘Riders extended their winning streak to 14 games.
However, in the second game, Jefferson ended that streak with a 10-7 final.
Crowder took a 5-2 lead into the seventh, but Jefferson erupted for a 10-5 advantage after pushing across seven runs in the top half of the seventh. Crowder managed only two runs in the bottom half.
Emma Hill took the loss for Crowder, allowing nine runs (all earned) on 14 hits over six official innings with a pair of strikeouts and one walk. Kylah Clark allowed the other run, this one unearned, and she picked up all three outs in the seventh.
The teams combined for 33 hits in a game that was the polar opposite of the front end of the doubleheader that only produced a combined 11 hits.
Kenzie Kallio, Leonhart, and Miles each led Crowder’s 17-hit attack with three hits, while Spurgin and Jordan Gartman each had two hits.
Abby Riemann, Abby Rollet, and Hannah Earl each led Jefferson with three hits, Skylure Barrlow hit a two-run home run for her only hit, and Rollet drove in three runs.
Crowder, weather permitting, returned to action Friday and Saturday in the Crowder Bash.