Central Christian College took the fight to one of the top teams in the NAIA Friday in the first of two games as part of the MCAC Conference Crossover Tournament, but couldn’t quite pull out the upset of Waldorf College.

Central Christian College took the fight to one of the top teams in the NAIA Friday in the first of two games as part of the MCAC Conference Crossover Tournament, but couldn’t quite pull out the upset of Waldorf College.
The Warriors led only 3-2 after four innings, but an offensive explosion in the bottom of the fourth gave Waldorf a 7-2 win and kept them undefeated on the year with a 25-0 mark. Waldorf did lose a 5-4 decision in their 5:30 p.m. game at McPherson’s Wall Park to Central Baptist College.
Both Waldorf and CBC were receiving votes in the NAIA Top 25 poll coming into this weekend’s crossover tournament.
In their second game of the evening, CCC was shell-shocked by a Bellevue University 14-0 in a game that ended after five innings.
“These were two very tough teams,” CCC coach Chad Kerr said. “The Waldorf team we played really tight for two or three innings, but it kind of got away from us there at the end.”
Sydney Nelson and Ashly Westgarth both led the Tigers against Waldorf by batting 3-for-4. Westgarth scored once and Nelson had one RBI. Cristina Insua and Nicole Martin both had two hits on the day for CCC (7-20, 2-7 MCAC).
As a team, the Tigers totaled 14 hits, but left 11 stranded.
“We just left too many runners on base,” Kerr said. “Do the math. You lose 7-2, but you get half of those [left on base] in there, we’re winning the game. I thought we hit the ball well, we just couldn’t get the key hit when we needed it.”
Waldorf got their seven runs off seven hits, including a pair of home runs from Danyielle Barger and Kathryn Niemen.
Kristen Hall took the loss on the mound for the Tigers, as she went 3 1/3 innings, facing 15 batters. She gave up three hits and four runs, two earned, walking one and striking out one.
Cristina Insua worked 2 2/3 innings, giving up three runs off four hits. She struck out three and walked two.
The Tigers had no answer for the Bellevue offense in game two, as the Bruins rattled off four runs in the first and fourth innings, plus sandwiched a run in the second and a five run fifth to do the damage.
Bellevue had 10 hits, including a three-run home run in the third inning by first baseman Katie Malloy.
The Tigers managed only one hit, that coming off the bat of shortstop Dana Dean.
“[Bellevue] isn’t as good as it used to be,” Kerr said, “but that was just a good, old-fashioned shellacking. That was a very good [Bellevue] pitcher and we struggled.”
Taylor Mohler picked up the win for Bellevue, stricking out 11 Tiger batters in the process.
Insua went 3 1/3 innings for Central Christian to take the loss. She gave up nine runs on 12 hits, stricking out four and walking three.
Martin worked most of the fifth inning, giving up one run on two hits.
The Tigers are back at this morning at 10 a.m., as they will face the College of Saint Mary. They will play York College at 12:30 p.m.

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