Freshmen Kobe Morris (3B) and Tyler Duncan (OF) are making a major impact in their first season with the highly-regarded Crowder College Roughriders.
Crowder College is in Division 1 – Region 16 of the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) and plays teams mainly in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
Last week, the Roughriders captured the Region 16 Championship and was ranked third overall in the NJCAA with a 49-11 Win-Loss record.
Morris ended the Roughriders regular season sporting a .358 batting average (4th) to go with 6 hr (4th) and 56 RBI’s (5th).His .553 slugging percentage ranks 5th and he leads the team in contact, striking out a paltry 19 times in 179 at bats.
Duncan, a Canadian Jr National team veteran who was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 30 th round of the MLB draft last June, leads the Roughriders in rbi’s (70), average (.377) and slugging (.641), is second in on-base percentage (.481), and 3rd in home runs (8). The lanky outfielder also leads the team in triples (8).
Roughriders skipper Travis Lallemand speaks highly of his first-year players from Victoria, “Kobe and Tyler are high character kids with tremendous work ethic and have been huge contributors on the field for us this season. Both young men have provided some big numbers including some clutch swings in tight game situations.”
Coach Lallemand was also impressed by their readiness to compete at the college level. “In the fall both guys came in with really good baseball instincts and fundamentals. As with all freshman, they just needed to play and make the adjustment to the speed of the junior college game.” Lallemand pointed out that the contributions of the two Eagles to the success the Roughriders have enjoyed this season means he will be paying close attention to the talent coming out of B.C. “Kobe and Tyler have been a tremendous fit at Crowder. These two young men from Victoria have set a high bar and the Roughriders look forward to bringing down more quality players from the area.”