The No. 19-ranked Crowder Lady Roughriders improved their record to 35-1 with a sweep Sunday of St. Charles, 20-0 and 10-0, at Roughrider Softball Field.
In the opener, Crowder scored seven runs in the first, 11 in the second, and one each in the third and fourth, while Crowder pitchers Maddy Prough and Aspen Younce combined on an one-hitter.
All told, 14 different Crowder players combined on the 22 hits — Emily Admire and Marissa Smith each led the way with three, Aryn Scoggins, Shelby Chavers, Cameron Dulle, and Dia Jackson each had two, and Carlee Silverest, Morgan Montgomery, Kaylee Bemo, Lexi McClellan, Kenzie Kallio, Baylor Miles, Payton Wildeman, and Lexi Lowrance each had one.
Admire homered and singled twice, Smith hit three singles, Jackson doubled and singled, Scoggins, Chavers, and Dulle each hit a pair of singles, Wildeman tripled, Miles doubled, and Lowrance doubled on a particularly day with the bats and on the bases.
Prough struck out eight and walked one during three hitless innings and Younce finished it off with two scoreless innings, including five strikeouts, and surrendered St. Charles’ lone hit.
In that seven-run first, St. Charles’ Belle Hargraves started her rough game by hitting McClellan with only her second pitch and the Lady ‘Riders went to work with a Miles RBI double, a Wildeman RBI triple, a Kristen Wade sacrifice fly, a Jackson two-run double, a Smith RBI single, and a Kallio RBI single. Hargraves’ game came to an end in the circle as Miles hit a line drive that knocked Hargraves down; shortstop Mackenzie Wnuck fielded the ricochet and threw out Miles narrowly at first.
St. Charles called on Wnuck to finish out the game and she allowed 13 runs (all earned) on 18 hits over four innings with no strikeouts and two walks. Hargraves took the loss and she allowed seven runs (all earned) on six hits over an inning with no strikeouts and one walk.
In the 11-run second, Crowder came to the plate 17 times and returned to the dugout with a 18-run lead.
Crowder secured the sweep with one run in the first, four in the second, three in the third, and two in the fourth of the nightcap.
St. Charles managed six hits but still failed to put up a run on the scoreboard.
That’s been the story thus far this season for an 0-12 St. Charles team that’s managed only 15 runs — 11 of them scored in three games — and has been run-ruled 10 times. Opponents have outscored St. Charles 163-15.
Crowder scrapped a Monday doubleheader at home against Labette (Kansas) — the Cardinals are coached by Neosho native Ryan Phillips and their roster includes former East Newton standouts Jaylen Hayward and Kinsey Sorrell and former Seneca speedster Adron Durman.
The Lady ‘Riders return to action Wednesday, weather permitting of course, with a home doubleheader against rival Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. NEO sits at 13-9 overall entering Tuesday’s game at home against Eastern Oklahoma.