OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The No. 16-ranked Crowder Roughriders, playing their first game with their new ranking in NJCAA Division I, dropped their third game in four with a 10-5 defeat Tuesday at the bats of the now 25-2 and No. 8 Johnson County Cavaliers.
Crowder fell out of the top 10 when the newest rankings were released Tuesday.
Johnson County jumped out early with one run in the first, three in the second, and two in the third, building a 6-0 lead after the first third completed. The Cavaliers went ahead 7-0 after one in the fifth, Crowder plated three in the sixth to break its silence, Johnson County took a commanding 10-3 lead after three in the eighth, and Crowder pushed across two in the ninth for the final score.
The ‘Riders surrendered 14 hits to the Cavaliers and only compounded matters with five errors.
Beaux Bonvillain took the loss, allowing six runs (four earned) on eight hits over three innings with four strikeouts and one walk. Treshon Paschal allowed one run (unearned) on three hits over three innings with one strikeout and one walk. Andrew Bradshaw surrendered two runs (both earned) on two hits over an inning with one strikeout and one walk. Colten Weber earned all three outs by the strikeout and surrendered one run (earned) on one hit over his one inning, that run coming on a solo home run.
Cameron Tissue showed the main spark offensively for Crowder, belting a three-run homer in the sixth and collecting three hits on the day with a pair of singles to go along with his round tripper. Michael Chrisman hit a RBI triple and Freilin Cabrera a RBI single back-to-back in the ninth.
In fact, the trio of Tissue, Chrisman, and Cabrera had seven hits. Crowder finished with eight hits overall and only Colten Nix joined his three teammates.
Jon Moll earned the victory for Johnson County, allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits over 5 2/3 innings with five strikeouts and three walks. Matt Olson allowed two runs (both earned) on three hits over 3 1/3 innings with four strikeouts and one walk.
Crowder, 23-9 overall and 12-4 Region 16, looks to return to its winning ways beginning with a four-game Region 16 series Saturday and Sunday against Three Rivers. The Raiders are 15-13-1 overall and 3-8-1 Region 16 entering the weekend.