New Central Christian College baseball coach Justin Cunningham began his tenure with the Tigers over the weekend, as his team went 2-1 with Dallas Christian College.
Friday night’s contest was a close one, with Central pulling out a 13-12 win. The Tigers jumped out to a 6-2 lead going into the bottom of the fifth, where the Crusaders scored six runs to take an 8-6 lead.
Central responded with a seven-run sixth to reclaim the lead at 13-8. A DCC rally in the bottom of the frame would come up short, with the Crusaders trailing 13-12 before closer Austin Penn was sent to the mound to wrap up the win for the Tiger.
Central had 13 run on 16 hits, leaving 11 runners on base. Mitch Davidoff had a two-run homer for Central, while freshmen Drew Schiesser had three RBIs off two hits.
Senior Andrew Kroeker had the start for the Tigers, going 4 2-3 innings and giving up eight runs on six hits before he was replaced by Logan Mullins, who went a third of an inning. Mullins gave up four runs on four hits, walking two and striking out one.
Dakota Stein took over in the bottom of the sixth to finish out the game, giving up three hits but no runs. He struck out three and walked two.
Saturday saw a double-header featuring a pair of seven-inning games, which Central split, taking game one 15-6 and then dropping the second 2-1.
Dallas Christian had a 3-1 lead going into the second of the first game, where they closed the gap after a one-run inning to 3-2. The top of the third saw the Tigers score seven runs and then add four more in the fifth.
Dallas scored their final three runs in the bottom of the fifth, while Central responded with one each in the sixth and seventh frames to close out the win.
The Tigers scored 15 runs on 10 hits, with Davidoff once more possessing the hot bat, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and a pair of runs scored.
Freshman catcher Devin Roberts had the Tigers’ only extra base hit in a double and went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Central freshman Thomas Koop picked up the win, throwing a complete game and giving up six runs on nine hits. He struck out six and only walked one.
Fatigue began to show in the second game, as Central was held to just three hits in the 2-1 loss, two of which came, once more, from Davidoff.
Dallas Christian scored both of their runs in the bottom half of the first, while the Tigers scored their only run in the top of the second.
Doug Gove took the loss for the Tigers, giving up just two runs on six hits in his collegiate debut. Gove struck out four and walked only one batter.
Page 2 of 2 - “In baseball, you always try and win the series,” Cunningham said. “We accomplished that task and also learned a lot about the team and what we need to work on.”
The Tigers (2-1) are back on the road for a weekend three-game series with Evangel University in Springfield, Mo.