HILLSBORO — The No. 9-ranked Crowder Roughriders opened Region 16 play Wednesday with a doubleheader sweep of No. 5 Jefferson, 4-3 and 8-3.
In the opener Wednesday, Crowder scored three runs in the fourth for the only inning where a team scored multiple runs. Meanwhile, on the mound, Corey Lummis, Andrew Bradshaw, and Colten Weber combined on a strong outing.
Lummis earned the victory and he allowed one run (earned) on two hits over four innings with three strikeouts and four walks. Bradshaw allowed two runs (both earned) on two hits over 1 1/3 innings and he struck out one and walked two. Weber pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings and he struck out two and walked none. Lummis, Bradshaw, and Weber allowed five hits, and the ‘Riders managed to overcome six free passes issued and two errors committed.
The top of the fourth demonstrated that if there’s anything worse than a leadoff walk, why it’s a two-out walk and Jefferson pitcher Jason Rackers issued back-to-back two-out walks against Brinson Williams and Jack Stroth.
On his second pitch from Rackers, Crowder sophomore third baseman Quinn Cherry put a cherry on top with a three-run home run.
Cherry, batting eighth in the Crowder order, led the way for the ‘Riders with two runs scored, two hits, and three RBI, all of which came from that one big swing of the bat. Cherry doubled for his other hit.
Freilin Cabrera added two hits and Michael Chrisman and Williams each had one.
Weber closed the door 1-2-3 on Jefferson in the seventh with a pair of strikeouts highlighting this relief work. Jefferson scored single runs in the fifth and sixth to make it an one-run game.
In the nightcap, Crowder scored four in the fourth and three in the eighth, while limiting Jefferson to single runs in the first, fourth, and eighth.
Crowder kept Jefferson from multi-run innings Wednesday.
Xavier Leduc earned the victory in the second game, allowing three runs (all earned) on seven hits over 7 1/3 innings with four strikeouts and two walks. Colin Brougham allowed no runs on two hits over 1 2/3 innings with four strikeouts and no walks.
Meanwhile, Jefferson pitchers struggled finding the zone with eight walks. On top of that, the Vikings’ defense committed three errors.
Cabrera and Sam Chaput each led Crowder’s 11-hit attack with three apiece, while Chrisman, Colten Nix, Rod Criss, Cameron McClure, Jorden Hussein rounded out the hit parade with one each.
Meanwhile, Crowder turned up its running game with six stolen bases, three from Chaput and one each from McClure, Hussein, and Cabrera.
Cabrera, Chaput, and McClure each scored two runs.
Crowder improved to 11-3 overall and 2-0 Region 16 with a five-game winning streak entering Friday’s home doubleheader against Hutchinson (Kansas). The Blue Dragons are 9-3 on the season, fresh off a sweep Tuesday of Labette in Pittsburg, 18-2 and 7-1.
Hutchinson sits at No. 20 in the NJCAA Division I rankings.