McPherson, Kansas - It's a new year at Central Christian College of Kansas (CCCK) and…
Tigers open up with the month with a four-game sweep of the Eagles. The Tiger offense was rolling and Eagles could not keep up. Tiger win game 1 7-2 & take game 2 in 5 innings thanks to 24 runs!
Tigers and Eagles would both have good starts to the game as they would put up a scoreless 1st and then the Tigers would score a run in the bottom of the 2nd thanks to a RBI single by SS Jessica Aldana.
The lady Tigers would go on to add another run the 3rd after a Taylor Bourne RBI single to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead through 2 innings. The Eagles would cut the lead in half in the top of the 4th with a run of their own. Tigers would respond by getting in a run in the bottom of the 4th thanks to a couple of throwing errors and Tigers would increase the lead back to 3-1.
Once again the Eagles would score a run in the top of the inning and cut the Tiger lead down to 1. The Tigers would be unable to get a run the bottom of the 5th and Eagles seemed to get some momentum going, but freshman pitcher Hannah Hoffman would shut the Eagles down in the 6th and give some life to the offense.
The offense would back their pitcher up by putting up a 4 run 6th and giving the Tigers a 7-2 lead. The Tigers would get an easy 1-2-3 inning to take the game 7-2. Tigers improve to 4-5 (2-3 SAC).
Tiger offense would score 7 runs on 9 hits, draw 2 walks, and have 4 players hit-by-pitch.
Hannah Hoffman would have a great day out on the circle getting the W and going all 7.0 innings giving up 2 runs on 5 hits, have 4 walks and striking out 5. Her defense would only allow 1 error and turned a couple of double plays.
Eagles would come out swinging in game two and quickly scored 2 runs and looked to have the momentum going for them, but the Tigers would have a different plan in store as it would take 2 Eagle pitchers to get out of the 1st inning. The Tigers would put up a 10 spot in the bottom of the 1st and give the momentum back to the Tigers.
Eagles would not have an answer for the Tigers as the Eagles wouldn’t be able to score in the 2nd and Tigers would keep the offense rolling by scoring another 7 runs in the bottom of the inning.
The Eagles would get a bit of offense in the 3rd to cut the Tigers lead down to 17-4, but Tigers would continue to score runs and add another 4 runs to increase the Tiger lead to 21-4.
Eagles would continue to fight back and score 4 in the top of the 4th thanks to a couple of errors, but Tigers wouldn’t have to worry much with the cushion the offense created. In the bottom of the inning, the Tigers would score 2 runs and give the Tigers a 24-8 lead.
The Tigers would get a 1-2-3 inning and win by run rule in the 5th inning and giving the Tigers their second win of the day and improve their record to 5-5 (3-3 SAC).
Tiger’s offense would score 24 runs on 17 hits, draw 7 walks, and have 4 hit-by-pitch.
Mekaylee Beard would get the start and win in game two going 3.0 innings, giving up 4 runs (2 ER), on 5 hits, with 1 walk and 1 strikeout. Cheyann Sales would come in for relief for 2.0 innings and gave up 4 runs on 5 hits, allowing 1 walk and 1 strikeout.
Coach Annis had this to say on the day:
“Hannah Hoffman pitched a great game 1 for us. She was keeping SCU off balanced which helped our defense make the easy plays. Today our bats were on fire. Everyone was making great contact with the ball and hitting the gaps. We will need to bring that energy back Saturday to take games 3 and 4.”
Central Christian would call on Hannah Hoffman again for the 2nd start day to start. She would have an excellent first 2.0 innings without surrendering any runs.
SCU would be able to get a run on the board in the top of the 3rd to give them a 1-0 lead. The Tigers would be unable to get any offense going within the first 3 innings.
The bottom of the 4th would be a momentum swinger as the Tigers bats would wake up and the Lady Tigers would put up a 6 run inning to take the lead 6-1. Hannah would continue her dominate outing and put up a 0 in the fifth to keep the lead at 6-1 Tigers.
The Eagles would be able to get the first Tiger batter to ground out, but the next 6 batters would be able to reach base and after two runs scored Ashton Nelson came up to the plate with bases loaded and knock in a game ending RBI single to secure the 9-1 victory.
Tigers would score 9 runs on 10 hits and draw 4 walks. Ashton Nelson would have a big day at the plate going 3-for-4 and knocking in 3 RBI’s. Pitcher Hannah Hoffman would go 2-for-3 with 3 RBI’s of her own.
Hannah Hoffman would get the start and W going 5.0 innings in a dominate 1 run performance. She would allow only 4 hits and 2 walks, striking out 2 batters.
Tigers would improve to 6-5 (4-3 SAC)
Tigers would look for the 4 game sweep and Coach Annis would look to Hannah Hoffman to start the game for the third time this series.
The Eagles looked to upset the Tigers sweep bid early on after shutting down the Tiger offense and Eagles scoring 3 of their own through the first 3 innings.
Tigers would finally be able to scrap in a run in the bottom of the 4th to cut into the Eagles lead 3-1. That inning would be the remedy the Tigers offense needed and after shutting down the Eagles in the 5th the Tigers would manage 9 runs in the bottom of the inning and 1 run shy of ending the game by run rule.
The Tigers would go back out a bit relaxed thanks to their padded lead and the Eagles would find some life in the 6th inning and get back 3 runs to cut into the Tiger’s lead to 10-5. Tigers wouldn’t be able to get any runs in the bottom of the inning and needing only 3 outs to complete the W and the 4 game sweep.
Mekaylee Beard would get the SCU batter to ground out for the 1st of the inning and it looked that the Tigers would get an easy victory, but the Eagles would have a different plan in store as the next two batters would get on base and then the SCU batter hit a 3 run Homerun to cut the lead to 10-8 Tigers. Mekaylee would allow another baserunner on and get to 3rd base with the tying run at the plate, but she would settle down and get the next batter to strikeout and get the 3rd out with a ground out to first.
After a scary top of the 7th the Tigers still come away with the victory and sweep of the SCU Eagles and improve to 7-5 (5-3 SAC) to move into 3rd place in the conference.
Tigers would get 10 runs on 8 hits and draw another 4 walks. Haley Lewis would have a multi-hit game for the Tigers going 2-for-4 with 2 RBI’s. Jessica Aldana would have a multi-RBI game knocking in 2 and Nicole Herrera would reach base all 4 chances with a double, walk, and 2 hit-by-pitch.
Hannah Hoffman would come in to start the game going 3.0 innings allowing 3 runs (2 ER) on 3 hits, 1 walk, and 3 strikeouts. Mekaylee Beard would come in for relief and get the W on the day going 4.0 innings allowing 5 runs on 8 hits, and having 4 strikeouts.
Coach Annis had this to say about the games:
“Hannah Hoffman did another great job in the circle for us today. Just like yesterday, our bats were alive after a few innings. This team is catching its groove. We will need to rest up as we get ready for next weekend of games.”
Tigers will look to get some rest before they compete in the MAC tourney next week.
About Central Christian College of Kansas
Central Christian College of Kansas is a four-year collegiate institution that strives to offer Christ-centered education for the whole person through four core characteristics: heart, soul, mind, and strength. Its history dates back to 1884, and it is located in the friendly town of McPherson, Kansas. Central is a strategically small college that offers over forty areas of residential study and a thriving online program for non-traditional students. To learn more about Central, go to centralchristian.edu/about. Visit the Foundation of Central Christian College to see what projects and events are coming up.