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April 12, 2014

Demons blow out Cougars

CANADIAN — Canadian coach Brad Davis tried five different pitchers.

Not one could keep the Crowder Demons in check.

Crowder’s unstoppable offense produced 11 hits, drew seven walks and took six more bases on hit-by-pitches and Canadian errors, run-ruling the Cougars 17-1 in three innings Thursday at Canadian.

“We’ve had a tough run the last few weeks, getting balls to get down,” Crowder coach Larry Tucker said.

“It was nice to see some of them start falling (for hits). We needed it.”

The Demons batted twice through their entire lineup in the top of third, scoring 13 runs and killing any lingering hopes that the Cougars could somehow mount a comeback. Crowder led just 4-1 after the second inning, and Cougars relief pitcher Chase Shearwood had given up just a single in a scoreless top of the second.

But Erik Crenshaw beat out an infield single to lead off the third, took second on a passed ball and scored when Stoney Ragan singled to left. Mike White walked, White and Ragan stole second and third, respectively, then both came home on Tanner Rogers’ single to right that made it 7-1 Demons.

An errant throw from the outfield allowed Rogers to get to second on the hit. Clayton Hill got on via a hit-by-pitch, then Hunter Motley belted one into left field for another RBI.

Motley added another single later in the third. He also singled in the second and drew a walk in the first , finishing 3-for-3 with three runs scored and an RBI.

“Just a little bit slower pitching than I’ve seen all year,” Motley said. “Just sit back on it.”

Josh Motley followed Hunter with another RBI single, at which point Davis brought in Adam Hernandez to pitch. Hernandez got Austin Weeks to fly out to center field, but he walked Clay Bell, then Crenshaw singled to right for another RBI.

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