HILLSBORO — No. 6 Crowder came away with a split Friday against arch rival Jefferson, winning the first game 5-4 but losing the second 11-0 in five innings.
Crowder took three of four games overall from Jefferson and improved to 19-5 overall and 8-2 Region 16 entering Saturday’s doubleheader against St. Louis.
In the 5-4 victory, Crowder pushed across the winning run in the top of the seventh and Beaux Bonvillain shut the door on the Vikings with a 1-2-3 bottom half.
Colten Nix led off the Crowder seventh by feasting on a first pitch for a double, then he advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Freilin Cabrera sacrifice fly.
Bonvillain induced a pair of groundouts to start the seventh and then struck out Jefferson’s Anthony Green looking to end the game.
This first game proved very close all the way — Crowder scored one in the first, then Jefferson scored one in the fourth and Crowder scored three in the fifth before Jefferson matched it during the bottom half of the fifth.
Cabrera proved to be the hero for Crowder, his four RBI highlighted by the winning sacrifice fly and a three-run home run in the fifth.
Bonvillain earned the victory in relief, allowing one run (earned) on two hits over 1 1/3 innings with two strikeouts and no walks. Bonvillain threw 25 strikes in 39 innings.
One bad inning separated Crowder from a doubleheader sweep Friday and a four-game series sweep against Jefferson. Keep in mind that Jefferson and Crowder have played for the last two Region 16 titles.
Jefferson plated all 11 runs in the third inning of the series finale, roughing up Graham Brunner for 11 runs (eight earned) on nine hits over 2 2/3 innings.
Crowder swept the first two games from Jefferson in late February, 4-3 and 8-3.