On the day the Crowder Lady Roughriders entered the top 20 rankings in NJCAA Division I, the Lady ‘Riders surpassed 30 victories on the season with a sweep Tuesday of Maple Woods at Roughrider Softball Field, 7-0 and 14-3 in five innings.
Crowder improved to 31-1 overall after Tuesday and then raised it to 33-1 with two more victories Wednesday, 8-0 and 2-0 against Ecclesia College (Arkansas).
In the 7-0 victory Tuesday, Crowder scored two runs in the first, two in the second, one in the third, and two more in the fifth.
Crowder pitchers Maddy Prough and Aspen Younce combined on a four-hitter. Prough allowed one hit over 4 2/3 innings with five strikeouts and no walks. Younce allowed three hits over 2 1/3 innings with one strikeout and one walk.
All of Maple Woods’ hits were singles.
Shelby Chavers led Crowder’s offense with three hits, Lexi McClellan added two, and Lexi Lowrance, Marissa Smith, and Baylor Miles rounded out the eight hits with one each. Chavers doubled twice and Smith doubled. Chavers and Miles each drove in two runs.
In the 14-3 victory, Crowder plated five in the first, one in the second, seven in the third, and one in the fourth and Maple Woods’ three in the fifth proved not enough to keep the game alive.
Lowrance led Crowder with three RBI, while Chavers and Isabel Bartkowiak each drove in two runs and Miles, Cameron Dulle, Kaylee Bemo, Carlee Silverest, Smith, McClellan, and Kristen Wade each collected single RBI. Miles and McClellan both crossed home plate three times and then eight other players each scored one run.
McClellan led Crowder’s 16-hit attack with three, Miles and Bartkowiak each had two, and Emily Admire, Morgan Montgomery, Dulle, Bemo, Smith, Lowrance, Wade, Dia Jackson, and Chavers each had one.
Bailey Buffington earned the victory and she allowed three hits over 3 2/3 innings with five strikeouts and no walks. Younce again pitched in relief and she allowed three runs (one earned) on three hits over 1 1/3 innings with three strikeouts and no walks.
Crowder committed three errors.
In the 8-0 victory against Ecclesia, Crowder scored three in the first and five in the third and the Lady ‘Riders collected 15 hits.
Younce earned the victory and she allowed no hits over 3 2/3 innings with five strikeouts and no walks. Admire allowed one hit over 1 1/3 inning with no strikeouts and no walks.
McClellan and Miles each had three hits, while Kenzie Kallio, Payton Wildeman, and Lowrance each had two, combining for 12 of the team’s 15 hits.
Miles and Kallio each drove in two runs.
In the second game, Buffington pitched a two-hitter.
Crowder, 33-1 overall, returns to action Monday with a home doubleheader against Labette (Kansas), coached by Neosho native Ryan Phillips. The Lady Cardinals’ roster includes former Seneca standout Adron Durman and former East Newton standouts Jaylen Hayward and Kinsey Sorrell.
Crowder entered the NJCAA-I rankings at No. 19. The Lady ‘Riders are tied with No. 1 Florida SouthWestern for the lowest number of losses in the rankings.