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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Tigers break losing skid with sweep of Manhattan Christian

  • Mother Nature conspired to keep Central Christian College off the diamond for well over a week, leaving the Tigers anxious to resume play Tuesday at home against Manhattan Christian College.
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  • Mother Nature conspired to keep Central Christian College off the diamond for well over a week, leaving the Tigers anxious to resume play Tuesday at home against Manhattan Christian College.
    And did they ever get back into the swing of things, sweeping the Crusaders in a chilly doubleheader at McPherson's Wall Park, taking game one 8-1 and blasting MCC 11-2 in game two.
    "We did a good job today going about our business the right way," Central coach Justin Cunningham said. "It was a team effort as a lot of players contributed."
    Game one of the doubleheader started out quietly, as neither team managed to plate any runs. Central Christian exploded in the bottom of the second for five runs.
    The Tigers added two more in the fourth and one in the fifth before Manhattan Christian managed to get on the scoreboard in the sixth, as shortstop Trey Shelton managed to knock in James Floyd.
    Central had six hits in 25 at-bats in game one, recording six RBIs in the process. Manhattan Christian had seven hits in 25 at-bats, with only the one RBI from Shelton.
    Tiger DH Drew Schiesser went 2-for-4 on the day, including a double, and picked up a stolen base. Shortstop Martin Guevara had two RBIs on 1-for-2 hitting. Right fielder Mitch Davidoff scored two of Central's runs.
    Douglas Gove picked up the win for Central Christian after going five innings, striking out five and giving up only two hits.
    Central didn't let up any in game two, as they scored eight runs by the time the third inning had ended. They scored two more in the fifth and once in the sixth. Manhattan Christian scored twice in the top of the seventh inning.
    Central Christian had 14 hits in 30 at-bats Tuesday night. The Tigers totaled 10 RBIs in the 11-2 win.
    Manhattan Christian had just two hits in 23 tries, with no RBIs recorded for the Crusaders.
    Tiger center fielder Joshua Mejia scored four runs and went 1-for-2 at the plate. Schiesser was 3-for-3 in game two, scoring twice and driving in a run. Game two designated hitter Troy Richter had three RBIs off 2-for-2 hitting. First baseman Austin Penn also had three RBIs in the Tiger win.
    Avery Miller picked up the win for Central, going five innings on the mound. He faced 16 batters and struck out five, giving up two hits and three walks.
    The Tigers move to 6-8 on the season with the wins.
    The sweep snaps a four game losing skid by the Tigers dating back to Feb. 19, when they fell in 10 innings to Ottawa University 9-8. That was followed by a three game sweep against Lyon College on Feb. 23.
    Page 2 of 2 - Central Christian College will be back at it tonight at 7 p.m. in a single, nine-inning game against Friends University in Wichita.
    Central will also play a Friday doubleheader in Bartlesville, Okla., against Ecclesia College.
    The next time the Tigers will be at home will be for a four-game series against Oklahoma Wesleyan university.
    All four games will be played over the course of Friday and Saturday.

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