OTTUMWA, Iowa — The No. 9-ranked Crowder Lady Roughriders saw their season come to an end after being swept by the Indian Hills Lady Warriors in the District J Tournament on Friday.
Indian Hills power pitcher Alexis Groet — the NJCAA Division I strikeouts leader on her way to 300 for the season — tossed a three-hitter in a 4-1 victory in Game 1.
The Lady Warriors scored five unanswered to erase a 4-3 deficit in a 8-4 victory in Game 2.
Crowder ran into an Indian Hills squad entering districts on a 21-game winning streak and the Lady Warriors earned 22 and 23, giving Crowder only their fourth and fifth losses overall.
In the first game, Groet allowed one run (unearned) on three hits with nine strikeouts and no walks over seven innings. She improved to 21-7 overall on the season.
Indian Hills, one of the nation’s best home run hitting teams, came through with a pair of two-run homers in the first to produce all their runs. Chloe Olson and Alexis Westercamp delivered the blows, Olson good for her 15th and Westercamp her 12th on the season. Brooke Snider tripled, just a warmup for her performance in Game 2.
Snider mashed three homers in the second game and drove in five and scored three runs in sparking Indian Hills to a sweep. Olson added three hits, including her 16th homer of the season, and Jaylie Reints had two more hits as three players combined for eight of the Lady Warriors’ 10 hits.
Indian Hills takes a 40-16 overall record into the national tournament in St. George, Utah.
Crowder finished its season at 54-5 overall and the Lady ‘Riders won their second Region 16 title in three seasons. Crowder won more than 50 games for a third straight campaign, good for a combined record of 160-29 (.847 winning percentage).
The Lady ‘Riders were 25-0 at home this season … Crowder also played Indian Hills at their place for a district title in 2017.
Maybe Crowder will win Region 16 in an even year next time and get the chance to host rather than make an arduous journey to Ottumwa or somewhere else in Iowa.