JOPLIN — The No. 9-ranked Crowder Roughriders improved to 6-0 on the season with a sweep of North Iowa Area on Sunday at Joplin High, 15-5 and 5-4.
That 5-4 score marked the first time Crowder scored less than 10 runs in a game this season and the 15-5 victory in Game 1 gave Crowder its fourth run-rule victory this season.
In the opener Sunday, Crowder scored two runs in the first, eight in the third, four in the fifth, and one in the sixth to earn the run-rule, while North Iowa plated one in the first, one in the third, and three in the fifth.
In the nightcap, Crowder gave sophomore reliever Tyler Gregg his first save opportunity and he closed the door on North Iowa by working his way through one walk with two strikeouts. Crowder erased an early 3-0 deficit with one run in the second and four in the third.
Back to the opener. Of course, in that eight-run third, of course it all started with a leadoff walk by Sam Chaput, Thursday’s home run hero against Indian Hills.
Colten Nix hit a two-run home run, Quinn Cherry, Jorden Hussein, and Michael Chrisman worked back-to-back-to-back bases loaded walks, Chaput hit a two-run double, and Freilin Cabrera’s RBI groundout closed out the big inning.
Chaput started the scoring for Crowder with a two-run homer in the first.
Cabrera hit a two-run single after a series of walks in the fifth and Rod Criss hit another two-run single plating Chaput and Cabrera.
Cherry doubled leading off the sixth and scored the game-ending run on a Chrisman sacrifice fly.
Carver earned the win and he allowed two runs (both earned) on four hits with six strikeouts and three walks over four innings. Andrew Bradshaw picked up five outs in scoreless relief.
In the second game, Criss’ solo home run broke the Crowder silence and Hussein hit a RBI double to start the scoring in the fourth, followed by three more runs all on North Iowa errors. North Iowa committed five errors overall in the contest.
Colten Weber earned the win and allowed three runs (one earned) on three hits and had four strikeouts and three walks over four innings. Colin Brougham proved strong in middle relief, allowing one run (unearned) on one hit and he struck out five and walked none over two innings. Weber, Brougham, and Gregg combined for 11 strikeouts.
Crowder returns to action, weather permitting, with a home doubleheader Friday against Lake Land (Illinois), a team 0-4 on the season.
Crowder 15, North Iowa 5 (6 innings)
North Iowa 101 030 — 5 6 0
Crowder 208 041 — 15 11 1
Tom Skoro, Patrick Pridgen (3), Ryan Swansen (6) and Ross Cochran. Ross Carver, Tanner Norris (5), Andrew Bradshaw (5) and Jack Stroth. WP: Carver. LP: Skoro. E: Carver. HR: Fox Leum, Jacob Hansen; Colten Nix, Sam Chaput. 2B: Chaput, Rod Criss, Quinn Cherry. SF: Michael Chrisman. SB: Freilin Cabrera 3. LOB: North Iowa 6, Crowder 6.
Crowder 5, North Iowa 4
North Iowa 300 010 0 — 4 4 5
Crowder 014 000 X — 5 6 2
Michael Oh, Evan Reifert (5), Jake Hausmann (6) and Ross Cochran. Colten Weber, Colin Brougham (5), Tyler Gregg (7) and Jack Stroth. WP: Weber. LP: Oh. SV: Gregg. HR: Rod Criss. 2B: Brodie Paulson, Shane Kelleher, Cochran; Jorden Hussein. SF: Fox Leum. HBP: Ryan Wrobleski. LOB: North Iowa 5, Crowder 6.