Travels to Highland Thursday


Sports editor

Ending a five-game losing streak, the National Junior College Athletic Association No. 12 Neosho County Community College baseball team bounced back with a win over Crowder College 4-1 Tuesday afternoon at Hudson Field.

Crowder scored the first run of the game in the top of the first when Dylan Formby reached home on an error for an early 1-0 advantage. Neosho answered in the bottom of the first with an RBI single from Jonah Bride to tie the score at 1-1. Neosho scored again in the bottom of the second with a sacrifice RBI from Trever Burkdoll that scored Darian Abram to give the Panthers a 2-1 lead. 

The Panthers scored the last two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Evan Bourn scored on a sacrifice RBI from Ryan Tolivar. The final score for the Panthers came when Chad Thomas stole home on a double steal. Burkdoll stole second on the scoring play.

Drew Johnson (3-1) picked up the win coming into the game in the top of the fifth. Johnson pitched five innings allowing no runs, five hits, struck out two and walked two. Josh Willis started the game and pitched four innings allowing one unearned run, walked four and struck out two.

Neosho found itself in jams with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth and the top of the seventh. Johnson was able to escape both innings with no runs scoring, thanks to a double play in the fifth to end the side and a strike out and fly ball in the seventh.

“Those are massive,” Panther Head Coach Steve Murry said. “Those were good defensive plays. Levi Ashmore was brilliant on defense all week long, but especially today. Double plays are always a pitcher’s best friend. They have to be in the right mind to get ahead of the hitter and throw down in the zone and get that pitch. That was a young pitcher that got that done, so good for Drew Johnson.” 

Bourn finished the day 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Bride was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Burkdoll and Toliver were 1-for-2 with an RBI. Thomas went 1-for-2 with a run scored. Abram finished 1-for-3 with a run scored. 

The win over Crowder gives the Panthers the taste of victory again after dropping five straight, four over the weekend to No. 1 Johnson County Community College and a 4-3 loss to Crowder March 10 at Neosho, Mo.

“That was probably the roughest six games of the schedule,” Murry said. “We’ve still got some good teams to play, but not six in a row. To get a win like that coming off those heart-breaking losses this weekend is a big deal.”

Neosho (6-6 KJCCC East, 14-7 overall) travels to Highland Community College (4-8, 6-6) Wednesday.

Neosho 4, Crowder 1

Crowder      100 000 000 -  1 10  2

PANTHERS 110 200 00X -  4 12  3

E - Griffin, Aus; Haralson, Br; Bourn; Skalnik 2. DP - CROWDER 2; NEOSHO 3. LOB - CROWDER 14; NEOSHO 8. 2B - Formby, Dyla; Toliver. HBP - Abram; Sutherland. SH - Ashmore; Thomas; Toliver; Skalnik. SF - Toliver. SB - Formby, Dyla; Ibarra; Thomas 2; Burkdoll. CS - A bram.

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