The Crowder Lady Roughriders headed into Florida with a perfect 21-0 record and they won six games in three days before their departure for warmer climes, sweeping a pair from Region 16 rival Jefferson on Thursday, winning three against three different opponents starting with ‘C’ in Monett on Friday, and finally routing Region 16 foe Mineral Area on Saturday.
Crowder defeated Mineral Area 18-0 in five innings, beat Connors State 6-1, Coffeyville 9-1 in five innings, and Carl Albert 5-1 on Friday, and defeated Jefferson 6-4 and 6-2.
In the 18-0 victory over Mineral Area, Crowder plated eight runs in the first, four in the third, and six in the fourth. The Lady ‘Riders belted out 21 hits — at least 10 against both Mineral Area pitchers — while Bailey Buffington, Aspen Younce, and Maddy Prough combined on a two-hitter, both in the fifth.
Marissa Smith led Crowder’s 21-hit attack with four, while Baylor Miles and Dia Jackson each had three, Kenzie Kallio and Kaylee Bemo each had two, and Lexi McClellan, Payton Wildeman, Lexi Lowrance, Morgan Montgomery, Carlee Silverest, Cameron Dulle, and Aryn Scroggins each had one.
Jackson drove in four runs, Miles three, and Kallio, Wildeman, and Smith two each. Miles and Jackson both crossed home plate three times and McClellan, Smith, and Scoggins each scored twice.
Miles, Wildeman, and Jackson each homered and Kallio doubled twice while Miles and Smith each doubled.
Of the 39 Crowder batters they faced, Alyssa Renwick and RikkiLyn Wright surrendered 21 hits.
On Friday, in games moved from the Joplin Athletic Complex to Monett, Crowder turned a 1-0 deficit into a 5-1 victory against Carl Albert with five runs in the sixth.
Jackson drove in a pair of runs and Kallio, Kristen Wade, and Wildeman picked up consecutive RBI in that big inning.
Prough proved rough for Carl Albert to hit, as she allowed one run (earned) on four hits over seven innings with seven strikeouts and one walk.
Against Coffeyville, Crowder started on the good foot with three runs in the first and four in the second, then helped close out Coffeyville with one in the fourth and one more in the fifth.
Meanwhile, Younce earned the victory in the circle, allowing one run (unearned) on three hits over five innings with seven strikeouts and one walk.
Kallio sparked Crowder’s offense with a pair of hits — a double, a triple — and four RBI, while Miles, Smith, Dulle, and Wildeman each also collected two hits. Miles tripled and Smith doubled.
Leadoff hitter Lexi McClellan stole two bases.
Against Connors State, Crowder scored two in each the third, fourth, and fifth, capitalizing on 15 hits and three Connors State errors.
Wildeman and Jackson each had three hits and the trio of Wade, Lowrance, and Smith each produced a pair.
Wade drove in two runs and Kallio, Jackson, Lowrance, and Smith each had RBI.
Buffington earned the victory and she allowed one run (unearned) on three hits over seven innings with seven strikeouts and one walk.
In the 6-2 victory against Jefferson, Crowder scored three in the first, one in the third, and two in the fifth, while Jefferson pushed across single runs in the first and fourth.
Wildeman led Crowder with two hits, including a homer, and two RBI, as well as three runs scored, while McClellan had two hits and Jackson doubled and drove in two runs.
Prough earned the victory, allowing two runs (both earned) on five hits over seven innings with two strikeouts and one walk.
In the 6-4 victory, Crowder erased an early 3-0 deficit with five runs in the second.
McClellan, Kallio, Wildeman, and Lowrance combined for eight of the team’s nine hits and Lowrance drove in two runs while McClellan, Kallio, Wildeman, and Smith each picked up single RBI. Wildeman homered and McClellan, Kallio, and Lowrance each doubled.
Buffington earned the victory, allowing four runs (all earned) on five hits over seven innings and she had seven strikeouts and two walks.
Crowder’s games in Florida, of course weather permitting, are Southeastern, Spoon River, and Parkland on Monday and Anoka-Ramsey and Central Lakes on Tuesday.
Games are scheduled to be played in Cocoa Beach, a few miles south of Cape Canaveral.