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Altavia Hall goes 9 for 9 and the Central Christian College of Kansas Tigers softball team sweep the Southwestern Moundbuilders in the Tigers opening series for 2020. Tigers would win in a close game 1 13-10 and Tigers would continue the momentum into game 2 and explode for 19 runs and take game two in 6 innings 19-8.
The Tiger pitching would struggle in game one, but the Tiger offense would keep them in the game and eventually pull ahead of the Moundbuilders and Tigers would get the job done in game one shaking off some rust and getting the bats hot in game one.
The Tigers would come out not losing a beat in the offseason, scoring 13 runs in their first game while putting up 16 hits. Multiple Tigers would have a multi-hit game. Ashton Nelson would go 3 for 4 with 2 runs and an RBI, Nicole Herrera would go 2 for 5 with 2 runs and 3 RBI, Haley Lewis went 2 for 4 with a run and RBI, Altavia Hall went 5 for 5 with 2 runs and an RBI, Jessica Aldana would go 3 for 5 with a run and 5 RBI’s.
Mekaylee Beard would get the start going 3 innings in her Tiger debut, she would allow 11 hits, 8 earned runs and have 1 strikeouts, Cheyann Sales would come in to complete the rest of the game going 4 innings, allowing 3 hits and 2 earned runs. Mekaylee Beard would pick up her first collegiate win as the Tigers would take care of business and win 13-10.
After Tigers took game one they would keep the momentum going, the offense would keep pouring in runs. The Tigers wouldn’t give up big innings and when they gave up a couple of runs they would counter with runs of their own and never let Southwestern back into the game. They would finish game 2 an inning early due to run rule and take the game 19-8 to start the season off 2-0.
Tigers would have another great game at the plate, having 19 hits and scoring 19 runs. Every Tiger batter in game two would get on base and several Tigers would have a multi-hit game. Ashton Nelson would go 2 for 5 with a run scored and RBI, Haley Lewis would go 3 for 5 with two runs scored, Altavia Hall would have another perfect game at the plate going 4 for 4 with 3 runs and 2 RBI’s, Jessica Aldana would go 3 for 4 with 3 runs scored and 3 RBI’s, and Hannah Hoffman would go 2 for 3 with two runs and 4 RBI’s.
Hannah Hoffman would get the call to start in game 2, she would go 3 2/3 in her debut with 8 hits allowed and 5 earned runs. Cheyann Sales would get the call again to come in and close out the game. She would go 2 1/3 allowing 3 hits, 3 runs, and 0 earned runs. Hannah Hoffman would get the win on the day as the Tigers would win this one handily 19-8.
Coach Annis had this to say about the season opener:
“It took a team effort to win both games and not just the ladies that were playing. Our bats are what kept us in the game as they were hitting gaps in our defense. Cheyann Sales came in the bottom of the 4th in each of the games to stop the bleeding and kept them from scoring.”
“ I can’t express it enough, tonight it was a 29 member team effort tonight in the 2 victories, it took every single individual, great team wins today!”
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 – heart, mind, body, and soul. 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 who Central is go to: centralchristian.edu/about. Visit the athletics website to follow the softball team and the other athletic programs.