The Crowder Lady Roughriders dominated Region 16 this past season and that domination was reflected in their number of all-Region 16 and all-tournament selections.
Payton Wildeman, Lexi Lowrance, Maddy Prough, Bailey Buffington, Baylor Miles, and Lexi McClellan led Crowder’s nine overall all-region selections on the first team and Kenzie Kallio, Kristen Wade, and Aspen Younce earned second team. Prough took player of the year honors.
Buffington, Shelby Chavers, Dia Jackson, McClellan, Prough, Marissa Smith, and Wildeman were named all-tournament. Overall, 12 different Crowder players received either all-region or all-tournament and four received both.
Crowder finished 54-5 on the season and reached the District J tournament, just two wins away from reaching the NJCAA Division I national tournament in St. George, Utah.
Wildeman hit .433 (81 for 187) with 61 runs scored, 19 doubles, nine triples, nine home runs, 54 RBI, 11 walks and eight strikeouts, and 10 stolen bases in as many attempts.
Lowrance hit .426 (58-136) with 32 runs scored, 17 doubles, one triple, 43 RBI, 16 walks and 10 strikeouts, and three steals in as many attempts.
Prough earned a 22-1 record with a 0.99 ERA, one save, and 149 strikeouts and 29 walks over 141 innings. She did not lose a game until the district tournament.
Buffington matched Prough with 22 victories and Buffington took three losses with a 1.70 ERA and 187 strikeouts and 22 walks over 152 innings.
Prough and Buffington combined for 44 victories, three saves, 30 complete games, and 326 strikeouts and 51 walks over 293 innings.
Buffington and Prough helped Crowder rank among the nation’s very best in pitching.
Miles hit .366 (60-164) with 37 runs scored, nine doubles, two triples, four homers, 37 RBI, 28 walks and 12 strikeouts, and two steals in as many attempts.
McClellan tied Wildeman for the team lead in runs scored despite missing six games and Crowder’s leadoff added nine doubles, four triples, 26 RBI, 11 walks and 24 strikeouts, and a team-high 39 steals. Crowder stole 122 bases in 123 overall attempts.
No. 2 hitter Kallio hit .323 (61-189) with 44 runs scored, 19 doubles, one triple, 50 RBI, 27 walks and 20 strikeouts, and five steals in as many attempts.
Wade hit .373 (56-150) with 34 runs scored, nine doubles, three triples, four homers, 42 RBI, 13 walks and 17 strikeouts, and five steals in as many attempts.
Younce, Crowder’s third arm, finished 8-1 overall with a 1.47 ERA, one save, and 73 strikeouts and 16 walks over 62 innings. Younce tossed four complete games.
Chavers, who filled in at the leadoff spot during McClellan’s six-game absence, hit .372 (51-137) with 46 runs scored, eight doubles, 23 RBI, 21 walks and 18 strikeouts, and 26 steals in as many attempts.
Jackson hit .329 (57-173) with 38 runs scored, 13 doubles, one triple, six homers, 45 RBI, 12 walks and 24 strikeouts, and three steals.
Smith hit .348 (48-138) with 35 runs scored, 10 doubles, three triples, 33 RBI, 11 walks and 24 strikeouts, and 19 steals in 20 attempts.
Over the last three seasons, Crowder accumulated 160 victories with a 160-28 overall record and two Region 16 titles.
The 54 victories are the third most in program history — behind the 63 in the 1986 national championship season and the 55 from two seasons ago — and the .915 winning percentage ranks second behind only the .928 achieved during the 52-4 season in 1989.
Crowder never won 50 games in consecutive seasons until this current streak.
Crowder finished No. 9 in the national rankings and 18th in 2017.