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Crowder Softball Prepares for Region 16 Tournament

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The Crowder College softball team will open up region 16 tournament play Friday in Joplin.

After winning the region 16 title last season expectations were high heading into the new year.

"We had a really good year last year, and this year we were kind of beat up and injured, and kind of up and down a little bit, but we ended up on a good note," says head coach John Sisemore.

For the second straight year, the lady riders finished the regular season with more 50 wins.

"We've always had a winning season, and I have all the confidence in our team that we are going to win," Makaila Leonhart says.

"Every year when you do really well everyone wants to beat you, so we've really had to battle," adds Maddie Massanelli.

Crowder is heading into the region tourney seeking to defend their title with a target on their back.

"Everyone wants to beat us because not every team gets that,"  Kenzi Spurgin says. 

"Definitely think it's always on our back just because we're Crowder, and just kind of the presence we bring to the field," says Emma Hill.

"Everyone plays their best game against us, so I think that's only makes us better.  And it makes us work harder," adds Daryan Torex.

The lady riders are pretty good offensively.  They are ranked in the top 10 nationally in 8 offensive categories including first in doubles with 152 on the year.

"We teach them a lot of stuff mentally that prepares them for the offensive side of the game, and what we do is make sure they are attacking pitches that good for them," says coach Sisemore.

And heading into the tournament, Crowder is hoping to capture the same success they had just one year ago.

The Lady Riders will open up the tournament at 11:15 tomorrow morning and face State Fair College at the Joplin Athletic Complex. 

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