The temperatures might have cooled down considerably for No. 13-ranked Crowder’s Region 16 doubleheader Saturday against North Central at Roughrider Field, but Crowder’s bats did not and the Roughriders belted their way to a sweep by 23-0 and 14-3 scores to improve to 35-9 overall and 20-3 Region 16.
In the opening game Saturday, Crowder batted four times and put up numbers on the scoreboard higher than Tommy Tutone’s last four digits (5309), Crowder’s digits 6197.
Yes, Crowder plated six runs in the first, one in the second, nine in the third, and seven in the fourth, while sophomore pitcher Aaron Ashby tossed his third abbreviated five-inning no-hitter in his last four starts. Ashby earned NJCAA Division I national pitcher of the week honors after his first two no-nos.
Over his last four starts, Ashby has surrendered just one run and just one hit, while striking out 45 and walking 14 over 19 innings. Ashby has walked six in two of those starts and walked one in the other two, and both of the one-walk performances have been no-hitters.
Ashby has received ridiculous run support for three of his last four starts: 17 runs against St. Louis, 17 against Mineral Area, and 23 Saturday against North Central.
Colten Nix proved double trouble for the Pirates, smacking four consecutive doubles after singling in his first at-bat. Nix scored three runs and collected five RBI.
Frielin Cabrera matched Nix with five RBI and had four hits and four runs scored, thriving in the leadoff spot in Kobe Morris’ absence at the top of the lineup.
Nix and Cabrera combined for half of Crowder’s 18 hits.
Tyler Duncan had only one hit in the contest, a three-run home run. Brinson Williams had four runs scored and two hits, highlighted by a hustle double as he took advantage of an unofficial North Central team meeting in the shallow outfield. Cooper King added two hits and Luke Price scored three runs and finished officially 1-1 at the plate with three walks.
Crowder’s “Dial-A-Score” continued in the final game of the series, as the ‘Riders put up eight in the first, three in the second, two in the third, and one in the fourth.
Cabrera and Duncan each led Crowder’s 12-hit attack with three, while Samuel Chaput and King each had two. Duncan, Chaput, and Cherry each had three RBI, the last of the three despite having no hits. Cabrera, Duncan, Williams, Chaput, and King each scored two runs.
Cabrera, Duncan, and Chaput each homered, while King doubled twice and Cabrera, Duncan, and Williams each added doubles. The ‘Riders had eight extra-base hits.
Brett Brockinton earned the win, allowing three runs (all earned) on five hits over five innings. He struck out six and walked two. Tyler Gregg pitched a scoreless fifth.
All told, in the four games, Crowder outscored North Central 66-8.
Crowder returns to action Tuesday in the “Battle on the Border” contest against Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, which will be played at 6 p.m. at historic Joe Becker Stadium. Crowder and NEO traditionally play home-and-home, but it’s just one game this season at a neutral site.
The Norsemen include former Neosho High standout Colton Marion.
CROWDER 23, NORTH CENTRAL 0 (5 innings)
North Central 000 00 — 0 0 0
Crowder 619 7X — 23 18 0
Trae Brownell, Amexem Hamm (2), Deric Killday (3), Curtis Mitchell (4) and Terrance Goeloe. Aaron Ashby and Brinson Williams. WP: Ashby. LP: Brownell. HR: Tyler Duncan. 2B: Colten Nix 4, Frielin Cabrera, Brinson Williams, Samuel Chaput, Quinn Cherry. HBP: Duncan, Drew Reilly, Williams. LOB: North Central 1, Crowder 8.
CROWDER 14, NORTH CENTRAL 3 (5 innings)
North Central 002 10 — 3 6 3
Crowder 832 1X — 14 12 0
Blake Collister, Evan Glaze (2) and Jared Fry. Brett Brockinton, Tyler Gregg (5) and Brinson Williams. WP: Brockinton. LP: Collister. E: Enrique Madera 2, Fry. HR: Brian Whiles; Frielin Cabrera, Tyler Duncan, Samuel Chaput. 2B: Cooper King 2, Cabrera, Duncan, Williams. SF: Quinn Cherry. SB: Drew Reilly. LOB: North Central 6, Crowder 4.