Crowder, ranked No. 17 in Division I, blasted six home runs over a doubleheader sweep of the Labette Cardinals in Parsons on Tuesday.

The two losses extended the Cardinals’ losing streak to four games. All four losses have come to Crowder.

“We have a couple of kids out of position due to some injuries, so seeing our depth in certain spots was good to see against great competition,” Labette head coach Ryan Phillips said. “I need to be able to make some adjustments offensively to hit the better pitching. We need to keep minimizing our mistakes because good teams capitalize on those.”

Labette’s record dropped to 8-6 with the losses while Crowder improved to 23-1.

Crowder saw five unearned runs cross in Game 1 while its offense notched 19 hits over the two games.

“We need to ensure that, as a group, we understand the severity of multiple mistakes on defense,” Phillips said. “Crowder was a great learning experience for us. Part of the reason we watched film on both games was to explain all of those things. We’re still not doing what we’re capable of doing as a team.” 

Labette’s pitching staff — Katelyn Kotlarz and Jadeyn Wyrick ate the losing decisions while Kelly Hipsher appeared in Game 2 — was humbled in the circle by the best offense the Cardinals had seen this season.

“We’re telling our girls in the circle that they’ve been able to skate by with working deep into counts,” Phillips said. “You play a team that is as explosive as Crowder, they key on pitch selections when working ahead in the count. They capitalized of us not hitting our spots, being in the zone and working ahead.” 

Kansas Jayhawk Conference play for Labette starts Saturday as it hosts No. 19 Kansas City Kansas. The Cardinals then host St. Charles out of Missouri on Sunday in a non-conference date.

“We’re going in 0-0 and learning from the last three weeks,” Phillips said. “We’ll come out and just play to the best of our ability. If we do that, we can compete with the best teams in the country in all fashions. We’ve played a tough non-conference schedule to prepare for this conference.”

With conference play around the corner for the Cardinals, Phillips is hopeful that the last four losses have highlighted what his roster’s focus should be.

“We didn’t overly collapse and fall on our face,” Phillips said. “But we’re falling to teams because of our own mistakes. That’s tough, as a coach. So I’m trying to convey that to the team and we need to learn, adapt and change. That’ll be what makes us a great team.” 

LABETTE VS. CROWDER

Game 1

Crowder 9, Labette 2

Crowder: 141 011 2 — 9

Labette:  001 001 0 — 2

Notes

Labette: Morgan Schmidt 1 H, 1 R; Grey Holland 1 H; Coralys Santiago 1 H, 1 RBI; Chloee Sams 2 H, 1 R, 1 RBI; Katelyn Kotlarz (L) 7 IP, 12 H, 9 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

Crowder: Cavers 1 H, 1 RBI; Alvarez 1 H, 2 R, 1 RBI; Mitchell 3 H, 2 R, 3 RBI; Storey 4 H, 2 R, 2 RBI; Mayberry 1 H; Lear 1 H, 1 R, 1 RBI; Ward 2 H, 1 R, 1 RBI; Ward (W) 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K; Beville 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

 

Game 2

Crowder 8, Labette 2

Crowder: 031 400 0 — 8

Labette:  000 020 0 — 2

Notes

Labette: Morgan Schmidt 1 H, 1 R; Keira Jackson 2 H; Grey Holland 2 H; Layney Steging 1 H; Sunny Crawford 1 R; Jadeyn Wyrick (L) 2.1 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K; Kelly Hipsher 4.2 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 3 K

Crowder: Cavers 1 H, 1 R; Alvarez 1 H, 1 R; Shipman 1 H, 2 R, 1 RBI; Storey 3 H, 2 R, 4 RBI; Mayberry 1 H, 1 R, 1 RBI; Lear 1 R; Smith 1 RBI; Buffington (W) 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K; Beville 3 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

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