NEOSHO, Mo. — Erupting for 16 runs on 17 hits, Northeastern A&M crushed Crowder (Mo.) College 16-9 Thursday in a junior college baseball game that was scheduled at the last minute.
The Norsemen lost games to Maplewoods, Mo., on Tuesday to a soggy field and the game with Crowder replaced a double-header with the Evangel College JV on Thursday.
“It is obvious by the score and hits that we swung the bat well today, but we also saw freshman pitchers (Trent) Montgomery and (Jared) White compete on the mound and keep us stable throughout the contest,” NEO coach Roger Ward said. “It was also nice to finally get Steve Anderson on the mound as our closer today.”
Anderson allowed one hit and one run while striking out two in an inning’s work.
Montgomery worked the first four innings, allowing four runs on five hits. He struck out none and walked one.
White, a freshman from Wyandotte, also threw four innings, fanning two and walking one while surrendering six hits and four runs.
Five players had a multi-hit game for the Golden Norsemen.
Sophomore second baseman Jacob Taylor had a double and three singles with three RBIs while Miami sophomore Taylor Clark collected a double and two singles with three RBIs.
“Taylor has really struggled at the plate so far, but today may have been his breakout day,” Ward said. “We hope to see more days like this from him.”
Center fielder Carl Moniz chipped in with two doubles and a single.
Sophomore right fielder Steve Anderson drove in three runs with a bases-loaded walk in the first and a two-run single in the seventh.
A three-run homer by sophomore third baseman Mike Sodders keyed a five-run first inning for the Norsemen.
They picked up a single run in the top of the second only to have Crowder score four times in its half of the fourth.
NEO generated two runs in the fourth then saw the Roughriders get one of those back in the sixth.
The Golden Norsemen broke the game open in the top of the seventh when they scored eight times.
Twelve batters went to the plate for NEO, the key blow a bases-loaded double down the left field line by Clark.
Anderson delivered a two-run single while shortstop Wesley Starks drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. Sodders picked up one of his RBIs with a bases-loaded walk.
Crowder scored three times in the eighth and once in the ninth to set the final margin.
NEO hosts Merimac, Mo., in a single nine-inning game today then entertains Southwestern Iowa Saturday in a double-header at Homa Thomas Field.