BELLEVILLE, Ill. — Crowder swept Southwestern Illinois on Wednesday, 12-4 and 11-0, to improve to 23-4 overall this season.
In the opener, Crowder scored three runs in the first, two in the third, three in the fourth, and four in the fifth, while Southwestern pushed across its four runs in the fourth.
Crowder collected 13 hits in the contest, but also received help from a Southwestern Illinois team committing eight errors or nearly two per inning.
Kristen Wade led Crowder with three hits and three runs scored, while Lexi McClellan scored three runs and had both a pair of hits and a pair of RBI. Makaila Leonhart, Baylor Miles, and Daryan Torix each had two RBI.
Wade had three singles, Miles a pair of singles, Torix a home run, McClellan a homer and a double, and Jordan Gartman a double.
Emma Hill took the win, allowing four runs (all earned) on seven hits over 3 1/3 innings. She struck out two and walked one. Kylah Clark was credited for the final 1 2/3, her work scoreless and hitless with one strikeout and no walks.
In the second game Wednesday, Crowder plated five in the second and three each in the fourth and fifth, while limiting Southwestern Illinois to a mere two hits. Southwestern improved from the first game at least defensively, committing no errors.
Wade collected three hits to bring her total to six for the doubleheader, while Kenzie Kallio, Leonhart, Kenzi Spurgin, and Gartman each had multi-hit games for the Lady ‘Riders. Crowder had 16 hits.
Leonhart collected three RBI, while Wade, Spurgin, and Kai Redus each had two. Redus homered, Wade just missed a triple for the cycle, Leonhart homered and singled, Spurgin singled twice, McClellan doubled, and Gartman and Kallio each singled twice.
Maddie Massanelli pitched three strong innings for Crowder, allowing both no runs and no hits. She struck out three and walked one. Former Neosho High standout Cloe Neece gave up one of the two hits in her only inning of work. Maddi Brown gave up the other hit in her inning of work.
Crowder took a pair of games Tuesday at home against North Iowa, 9-1 in six innings and 12-1 in five innings. Stats were not available for either game.