SEMINOLE, Okla. — The Crowder Roughriders overcame a 13-7 deficit and scored one run in the seventh, six in the eighth, and four in the ninth en route to a 18-16 victory Tuesday afternoon over Seminole State.
Crowder improved to 2-0 on the season and the ‘Riders returned to action Thursday, weather permitting, with a home doubleheader against Indian Hills.
On Tuesday, both teams had a multitude of big innings, with Seminole’s eight-run third inning the biggest outburst of the day.
In the Crowder seventh, Rod Criss doubled and then scored on Cameron McClure’s two-out double.
Then, in the eighth, Seminole deliver walked Sam Chaput to start the inning and leadoff walks invariably bite the team in the field in the collective buttocks. The bases became loaded with one out after Colten Nix was hit by a pitch and Michael Chrisman worked a walk. Quinn Cherry and Criss worked walks to push across runs, then …
Freshman catcher Jack Stroth — a 5-foot-10, 185-pounder from Conway (Arkansas) — delivered the critical blow in the contest with a grand slam that gave Crowder a 14-13 lead.
In the Seminole eighth, Crowder reliever Colten Weber worked through a Joseph Craig double and the scoreless innings offensively for Seminole in the seventh and eighth proved a major difference.
Especially since Crowder capitalized in the top of the ninth with four runs giving the guests from Neosho a 18-13 lead.
Once again, a big inning began with a leadoff walk, this one by Nix. Stroth hit a RBI single and Cameron Tissue a RBI double.
Seminole made it interesting, very interesting in the ninth and with the tying run at second and the winning run at the plate, Crowder sophomore Ross Carver struck out Chase Bryan to end a wild one.
Nix scored five runs on a day when he only had two official plate appearances; guess that’s what happens when you’re hit by pitch once and you work three walks. Stroth had five hits — one home run, one double, and three singles — and drove in six runs, while Chrisman, Cherry, and Criss each drove in three runs. Chrisman started Crowder’s scoring with a three-run homer in the first, a sign of what’s ahead for both teams.
Crowder pitchers combined for 16 strikeouts and eight walks issued, while Seminole struck out Crowder hitters eight times and walked them 13 times.
Over their first two games against Labette and Seminole, Crowder worked 25 walks. By contrast, Crowder hitters struck out 13 times.
With that many runners, it’s easy to see why Crowder scored 31 runs.
Guess so much for that conventional wisdom about pitching being ahead of hitting early season.
No. 9 CROWDER 18, SEMINOLE 16
Crowder 303 010 164 — 18 15 3
Seminole 108 004 003 — 16 14 2
Corey Lummis, Blake Hearn (3), Andrew Bradshaw (3), Jared Viertel (5), Tanner Norris (6), Colten Weber (8), Ross Carver (9) and Jack Stroth. Tucker Elliott, Cal Howard (3), Robert Briley (4), Shane Harper (8), Cole Broughton (8), Trey Lazenby (9), K.C. Bryan (9) and Archer Brookman. WP: Norris. LP: Broughton. E: Bradshaw, Sam Chaput, Cameron Tissue; Brookman, Mack Chambers. HR: Stroth, Michael Chrisman; Brookman, Josh Lewis. 2B: Cameron McClure 2, Stroth, Colten Nix, Tissue, Rod Criss, Quinn Cherry; Joseph Craig 2, Chambers, Tucker Dunlap, Chaz Orr, Brayden Rodden. SF: Criss 2; Maddox Soloman. SB: Frielin Cabrera 2, Nix; Chase Bryan. HBP: Nix; Craig. LOB: Crowder 11, Seminole 9.