By Matt Goisman
KIOWA — Hunter Motley reached in four of his five at-bats, including a bases-loaded grounder that resulted in an error and a key run in the top of the fifth, leading Crowder to a 7-5 win at Kiowa on Tuesday.
Motley came to the plate in the bottom of the fifth with the bases loaded and two outs. Kiowa reliever Clay Doyle had walked Clay Bell and Mike White and given up a single to Bryce Tucker, but Braeten Anders came in and struck out Brody Pace for the second out of the inning.
Anders got what could’ve been an inning-grounder to third from Motley, but third baseman Team Hackler couldn’t come up with the grounder, allowing Bell to score to make it 6-5 Crowder. Left-fielder Johnny Allen saved a second run by throwing out Tucker at home to end the inning.
Eric Crenshaw picked up the win, allowing an inherited runner to score in the bottom of the fourth but giving up no runs of his own in 3-1/3 innings. He gave up four hits and no walks and struck out five hits.
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