Crowder prepares for district tournament matchup against Indian Hills

The Roughriders head to Iowa for the Midwest District Tournament this weekend

NEOSHO, Mo. – The Crowder softball team is headed to Iowa this weekend to face Indian Hills in the Midwest District Tournament.

“They’re the leading offense in the entire nation and they have the three best home run hitters in the entire nation,” says Crowder head coach John Sisemore. “We think we may have one of the best pitching staffs in the entire nation, so it’s going to come down to whether our pitchers came handle their offense and whether we can match them offensively.”

“We have a target on our back just because we’re the team that is the loudest and we go one hundred percent all the time and I think that’s intimidating,” says Crowder catcher Emily Shipman.

The Roughriders are coming off a Region 16 title and enter the weekend 51-8.

“I think this is probably one of the most talented groups we’ve had,” says Crowder pitcher Chelsea Beville. “We have so many versatile players. We can put anybody just about anywhere. As a pitcher it’s good to know that if I’m doing my job pitching they’re also doing their job hitting one through nine.”

“We actually have about 15 girls on the team that could start on any given day,” Sisemore says. “The majority of our players could start for any team in our conference, region or the surrounding three states. Our depth is really important especially this time of year when we have so many injuries.”

“We’ve had the talent all year and right now is our prime,” Shipman says. “We’ve been putting it all together and playing for each other and it’s been a very family-like atmosphere lately.”

A win this weekend would advance Crowder to the program’s 10th national tournament appearance in program history.