A five-run seventh inning gave visiting Crowder College (Mo.) momentum to go on to a 10-5 victory over Fort Scott Community College's baseball team at Lions Field Wednesday afternoon.
In that seventh inning, Crowder (12-4) scored all its runs with nobody out, the last 3 coming on on a David Guarno home run over the left-field fence.
"That's a good team," Fort Scott head coach John Hill said. "That team was in the (Juco) World Series last year and I think they're better this year. They're very solid."
This was just the second home-field appearance of the season for the Greyhounds (8-2), who have seen six home dates completely wiped out, a doubleheader moved to Pittsburg and another moved to Chanute. The only other home appearance -- a sweep of the Evangel University JV last Wednesday -- was, ironically, only made possible because it couldn't be played at Evangel.
Fort Scott gave up a run in the top of the third but got it back in the bottom of the inning when Jake Parsons' groundout plated Dylan Banach.
The Roughriders got another run in the top of the fourth. The 'Hounds responded with 4 in the bottom of the frame, taking advantage of 2 errors.
Jordan Stull led off with a single, moved to second on Banach's sacrifice and to third on a passed ball. He tied the score when Gavin Stark reached on a 2-out error.
Parsons got on base when Crowder catcher John Neill forgot that a play has to be made on the batter when a third strike is dropped with 2 out regardless whether first base is occupied. Instead, he flipped the ball back to the mound.
Josh Samuelson doubled in Stark and Parsons, who reached on Neill's forgetfulness, and later scored on Ryan Sorell's double to left to make it 5-2.
Crowder scored once in the top of the fifth to get within 5-3. After Guarno belted his home in the seventh, the Riders led 8-5.
Crowder needed just 3 hits in the inning, scoring all the runs off relief pitcher Brett Swain, who didn't record an out. They would go on to add single runs in the eighth and ninth innings.
"We gave it away," Hill said. "We can account for 6 runs, two off errors, two off of walks, one off a balk and one off another error. Right there's a 5-4 game (but) we gave them 6 runs.
"We didn't play our typical, fundamental game today and they made us pay for it."
Samuelson was the only 'Hound with 2 hits. Guarno was 4 for 5 while Alex Larking went 3 for 3 for Crowder, which won its eighth straight game.
Fort Scott hosts Longview (Mo.) this afternoon at 2 p.m. for another single 9-inning game. Then they will entertain Highland this weekend for a pair of Jayhawk Conference-Eastern Division doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday, as the KJCCC-East begins employing a new schedule format. Both day's play begins at 1 p.m.
Instead of two home-and-home doubleheaders, each division team play the others in four-game weekend series, all four to be played at the same field. This means the Greyhounds do not play at Highland this year, as an example.
Crowder.... 001 011 511 -- 10 15 4
Fort Scott.. 001 040 000 -- 5 7 1
WP -- Hudson. LP -- Swain. Sv. -- Mather.
HR -- Crowder: Guarno (7th inn., 2 on, 0 out).