Talk about an answer. The Northern Colorado Owls got a big win on Wednesday behind a historic performance from second baseman Brandon Crosby.
The Owls (20-32 overall, 3-4 2nd half) lost to Billings (29-21 overall, 4-4 2nd half), 6-3, behind Crosby’s cycle. Although some of his teammates have come close, Crosby became the first player to hit a single, double, triple and home run in a single game since the franchise moved.
His stat line was impressive, going 4-for-4 from the plate with two runs and three RBIs, helping the Owlz in the third, sixth and eighth innings.
However, Crosby wasn’t the only NoCo player to have success at the plate. Shortstop Kevin Higgins contributed two runs, two hits and one RBI. Right fielder Euro Diaz also had two hits and two RBIs.
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The team took advantage of its opportunities, recording 11 hits and leaving only three runners on base.
He scored two goals in the second and fourth. Higgins got the first run when Crosby tripled, then Diaz’s single gave Crosby time to get back to the plate.
Higgins brought home third baseman Tim Bouchard in the fourth, and Diaz added a sac fly shortly after.
Crosby’s homer and RBI double gave the Owlz their final two runs in the sixth and eighth frames.
Not only did the Owls have a good day offensively, but their defensive effort was much cleaner than in the series.
Northern Colorado committed errors in game four of the series on Tuesday, extending innings and allowing Billings’ offense to find a rhythm.
Crosby committed the only error on Wednesday, but it didn’t lead to a run. He also made amends when he helped secure a double play.
The Mustangs had 13 hits in the game, but the Owls’ defense settled in and prevented a rally.
In fact, Billings’ first score was a solo home run, the second was a sacrifice bunt, and the third was a fielder’s choice.
The playing field in northern Colorado was not complete. The inning ended with five strikeouts, three walks, two hit batters and one wild pitch. However, the visitors left 12 runners on base as the Owls managed to induce 15 fly outs and three ground outs despite some miscues from the bullpen.
Fort Collins’ Tanner Schoeninger got the win for the game, while Christian Griffin came in as the closer. Griffin now has 6 saves, extending that streak.
The Mustangs ended up with six hits and one walk in the contest.
Thursday’s game at Northern Colorado was postponed due to rain and field conditions. The Owlz is scheduled to air at 4:05pm on Fridays and Saturdays. They will make up for Thursday’s game in a doubleheader on Sunday beginning at 1:05 p.m.