Wednesday’s battle between the Central Christian College and McPherson College softball teams saw both squads needing wins.

Wednesday’s battle between the Central Christian College and McPherson College softball teams saw both squads needing wins.
Central was coming off a sweep of Eccclesia College on Saturday, a much needed boost of momentum after loosing 19 of the previous 22, including the sweep of the Evangels.
Likewise, the Bulldogs were looking to change their fortunes as the season begins its downward trek in the next couple of weeks. Mac had split a KCAC doubleheader with Bethel College Tuesday, but had lost of six of their last 10 games dating back to March 25.
When the dust settled at Central Christian College’s softball field in south McPherson, McPherson took the sweep of the Tigers 4-3 in game one and 11-3 in a run rule shortened game two.
“It was some pretty big wins,” Bulldog coach Mike McCormick said. “We’ve been struggling here the last couple of weeks. We lost our best pitcher and kind of got down. But now we’ve come back and won some games. Three in a row, so we’re starting to get back to our old selves. Hitting the ball, running the ball.”
Central jumped out to a hot start in the bottom half of the first inning, as they scored all three of their runs in the frame.
McPherson scored a pair of runs in each of the second and third innings to cut the Tiger lead to one and took the lead in the fourth with a pair of runs. Neither team was able to score the rest of the way, with McPherson grabbing the 4-3 win.
Kristen Hall took the loss for the home Tigers, allowing four runs on 10 hits. She struck out eight and walked zero. Kaila Atkinson went the distance for MC in the win, her third straight. Atkinson gave up only one earned run on 11 hits, striking out two and walking one.
Mariah Wedel and McKenna Deckard both had two hits apiece for the Lady Bullogs in game one, with Wedel picking up an RBI triple.
Hall, Cristina Insua and Sydney Nelson all had multiple hit games for CCC, who actually out-hit Mac 11-10 in the game. Hall went 3-for-4, while Nelson and Insua both posted a 2-for-4 showing at the plate.
Insua was credited for the loss in game two after going an inning and a third, as the Bulldogs came out swinging, as  they picked up 14 hits in the 11-3 win.
MC pounded out four runs in the opening frame, then added six over the next two innings, which included a Makenzie Frank solo bomb to left field on a 2-2 pitch from Mandy Jacques.
The Tigers got one last run in the fifth off a Jenna Kaiser bunt that scored Wedel. Kaiser finished the game with a 3-for-4 performance.
Kaiser also picked up the win on the mound, as she threw two and two-thirds innings. She gave up two runs on a pair of hits, with two walks.
All told, Central managed their three runs on only four hits, with Nelson, Hall, Jacques and Desiree Yandell each picking up the base knocks.
“Our defense played great,” McCormick said. “Our pitchers did great. We just keep this intensity up and we’ll make some things happen and scare some teams.”
Mac moves to 11-16 on the year, with a weekend road doubleheader against Sterling on the docket.
Central will fall to 10-26 on the year, with the second MCAC Conference Crossover tournament of the season on tap this weekend.
The Tigers will play four games, two on Friday and two on Saturday against College of Saint Mary, Bellevue University, York College and Waldorf College.
McPherson and CCC are slated to play the return game, with the Bulldogs hosting at Wall Park, April 23.