The No. 16-ranked Crowder Roughriders returned to their winning ways with a Sunday sweep of Region 16 foe Three Rivers at Roughrider Field, 3-1 and 15-2 in five innings.
Crowder improved to 25-9 overall and 15-4 Region 16 after the sweep on the third annual Autism Awareness Game. 7-year-old Wyatt Register threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the start of the Sunday doubleheader.
Crowder and Three Rivers returned to action, weather permitting, Monday afternoon to finish off their four-game series.
In the 15-2 run-rule victory, Crowder scored three runs in the first, six in the second, four in the third, and two in the fourth, while Three Rivers plated single runs in the second and third.
Cameron Tissue, Freilin Cabrera, and Jorden Hussein each crossed home plate three times, while Colten Nix and Micheal Chrisman each scored twice. Tissue and Cabrera each collected three hits and Sam Chaput, Nix, and Quinn Cherry each had two. Cabrera needed a double for the cycle and Tissue tripled in his first at-bat and then knocked consecutive singles during a 3 for 4 performance.
The top four spots in the Crowder lineup delivered the goods — Tissue, Cabrera, Chaput, and Nix combined for nine runs scored, 10 hits, and 10 RBI, with Cabrera responsible for half those RBI.
In the three-run first, Tissue set the tone early with a leadoff triple and he scored on a Chaput double. Cherry hit a RBI single and Chrisman scored on a passed ball.
In the six-run second, Three Rivers’ woes and Crowder’s good fortunes began with a double whammy of Jack Stroth’s leadoff walk and Hussein’s reached on an E-6. Tissue hit a RBI single, Cabrera a two-run triple, Nix a RBI single, and Rod Criss a two-run double.
Cabrera blasted an Earl Weaver special in the third and Nix was able to score the fourth run in the frame on a Three Rivers error by the left fielder on a Cherry double.
Back-to-back Chaput and Nix RBI singles in the fourth closed out the scoring.
Xavier Leduc — blessed with such great run support — earned the victory and he allowed two runs (both earned) on four hits over five innings with six strikeouts and one walk.
In the opener, Crowder’s two runs in the second and Tissue’s solo home run on the first pitch of the sixth proved to be enough offense for the victory.
Crowder pitchers Tanner Norris and Colin Brougham combined on a six-hitter — Norris allowed one run (earned) on six hits over six innings with four strikeouts and one walk and Brougham needed a mere eight pitches to retire Three Rivers in the seventh.
Cabrera, Nix, Tissue, Cherry, Andrew Aswegan, and Brinson Williams combined on Crowder’s six hits against Three Rivers pitchers River Hunt and A.J. Calhoon.
Hunt took the loss, allowing three runs (all earned) on five hits over five innings with two strikeouts and four walks. Hunt departed in the sixth after Tissue’s solo homer and a Cherry single.
Crowder’s two runs in the second came when Nix scored on a passed ball and Williams singled home Aswegan, who worked a two-out walk.
Crowder prevented three straight losses with this 3-1 victory.