KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The No. 5-ranked Crowder Roughriders started their four-game Region 16 series against Maple Woods with a 7-1 victory Thursday at Urban Youth Academy, but Maple Woods earned a split with a dramatic 3-2 victory in the nightcap.
Crowder’s victory in the first game gave the ‘Riders an eight-game winning streak, as Crowder won its first six before losing three straight and winning eight straight.
In the opener Thursday, sophomore pitcher Colten Weber gave a dominant performance against the Wolves, striking out eight and walking one over the full seven innings. Weber allowed one run (earned) on six hits and saw his complete game shutout disappear in the seventh.
Weber showed the form that has allowed him to sign with NCAA Division I Oral Roberts.
Offensively, Crowder pushed across three runs in the fifth and then four in the sixth, more than enough to support Weber.
Jack Stroth led Crowder with three hits, the trio of Michael Chrisman, Sam Chaput, and Mac Moody each had two, and Quinn Cherry, Colten Nix, Rod Criss, and Jorden Hussein each had one to round out Crowder’s 13-hit attack.
On the fourth pitch of the fifth inning, Stroth hit a double and this began a string of runs and hits for the ‘Riders. Moody singled home Stroth for the game’s first run and Crowder scored two more runs with two outs thanks to a two-base error on Maple Woods and a Cherry single.
Nix led off the sixth with a triple and he scored on Stroth’s second double in as many innings. Rod Criss singled home Stroth and advanced to second on the throw. Criss stole third during Moody’s at-bat and that eased his trip home on a Moody double. On the next pitch, Moody scored on a Hussein single; unfortunately, given that Chrisman hit a double on the next pitch, Maple Woods caught Hussein stealing at second.
Maple Woods, through starter Dante Nelson and reliever Jake Davey, quieted Crowder’s bats in the second game.
Nelson took a tough no-decision, allowing one run (earned) on two hits over seven innings with seven strikeouts and one walk. Davey earned the win and he allowed one run (unearned) on two hits over two innings with three strikeouts and no walks.
Chaput picked up half of Crowder’s four hits and Chrisman and Moody each doubled for the other half.
Crowder starter Xavier Leduc took a no-decision and he allowed two runs (both earned) on six hits over 6 2/3 innings with nine strikeouts and three walks.
Beaux Bonvillain took the loss.
Down 2-1, Crowder tied it up with one in the ninth. Chrisman led off the ninth with that double and then advanced to third on an error that allowed Cherry to reach base. Chaput hit a two-strike single to punch in Chrisman. With two runners aboard and no outs, Crowder struck out three straight times.
Bonvillian walked Jake Wheeler leading off the ninth and Chandler Dunn did not wait long to make Crowder pay as he scored Wheeler with the winning double on Bonvillain’s first pitch.
Maple Woods improved to 2-4 overall with the victory.