The weather might be cold early this season, but the Crowder Lady Roughriders are not — they are hot — as sweeps Monday against Kansas City Kansas (7-1, 8-0) and Tuesday against Fort Scott (9-1, 11-2), as well as a single-game victory Wednesday against Independence (10-2), improved Crowder to 13-0 overall.
In the 11-2 win against Fort Scott, Crowder turned a 5-2 lead into the final score with a six-run fifth highlighted by Emily Admire’s grand slam.
Lexi McClellan paced the 14-hit attack with three, the trio of Baylor Miles, Dia Jackson, and Aryn Scoggins each had two, and Kenzie Kallio, Kristen Wade, Shelby Chavers, Morgan Montgomery, and Admire rounded out the hits with one each.
In addition to Admire’s grand slam, Wade homered, Miles doubled twice, and McClellan, Kallio, and Chavers each doubled.
Wade and Miles each drove in two runs.
Aspen Younce earned the win in the cycle and she allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits over five innings with six strikeouts and three walks.
In the 9-1 win against Fort Scott, the Greyhounds took an early lead behind their only run in the first, then Crowder scored four in the second, one each in the third and fourth, and three in the fifth.
Maddy Prough proved tough for the Lady ‘Riders, earning the victory behind just a single run allowed (unearned) on one hit over five innings with seven strikeouts and one walk.
Meanwhile, offensively, McClellan led Crowder with three hits, Miles added two, and Kallio, Payton Wildeman, Jackson, Chavers, Lexi Lowrance, Prough, and Admire each collected one hit.
Wildeman homered, McClellan tripled, and McClellan doubled twice with Kallio and Marissa Smith also joining in on double trouble.
In the 8-0 win against Kansas City Kansas, Crowder scored a run each in the first and third and three each in the second and fourth, while Kansas City Kansas managed a mere five hits against Crowder pitchers Prough and Younce.
Offensively, McClellan led the way with two hits and two runs scored, as well as three stolen bases. Wildeman tripled and McClellan, Wildeman, Miles, and Smith doubled.
Similarly, in the 7-1 win against Kansas City Kansas, McClellan collected three hits, including a triple, two runs scored, and one stolen base. Kallio had a pair of hits and a pair of runs scored, while Wade drove in two runs.
Bailey Buffington earned the win in the circle and she allowed no runs on no hits over five innings with 10 strikeouts and no walks.
Crowder returns to action Thursday with a Region 16 opener against Jefferson, then the Lady ‘Riders have Crowder Bash games in Joplin the next two days against Connors State, Coffeyville, Johnson County, Carl Albert, and Highland, weather permitting.