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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Hall throws 14 innings as Tiger softball sweep OKWU

  • Just call Central Christian College’s Kristen Hall Iron Woman.
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  • Just call Central Christian College’s Kristen Hall Iron Woman.
    The sophomore hurler threw all 14 innings Friday, as the Tigers not only upset the number three team in the MCAC, not only swept Oklahoma Wesleyan University, but held the Eagles scoreless in both games played out at the CCC softball diamond.
    “Kristen Hall was phenomenal,” Tiger head coach Chad Kerr said. “To shut out [OKWU] two games in a row...great performance by her.”
    Hall faced 51 total batters over the two games, giving up just six total hits and striking out 13.
    It was the third and fourth wins in a row for a Tiger squad that had been hunting for some confidence boosters heading into the home stretch of the season.
    “Huge confidence booster,” Kerr said of the doubleheader sweep. “I think [OKWU] came in and took us lightly, but we played well today. We manufactured runs. Our defense was good and we did what we had to do.”
    The Tigers won game one 1-0, with that run coming in the third inning. Ashly Westgarth and Mandy Jacques had the only two hits of the game, with Westgarth scoring what would be the winning run.
    In the second game, CCC (14-30, 7-11 MCAC), the Tigers scored both their runs in the bottom of the first inning. Four different players picked up singles, with Dana Dean and Cristina Insua both knocking in runs.
    The Tigers have three doubleheaders left on the schedule, including one more MCAC today. That twinbill is a showdown with the top-ranked team in the MCAC, and the 25th ranked team in the NAIA, in Central Baptist College.
    “Be another very tough test,” Kerr said of the CBC game, which begins at 1 p.m. “But [Oklahoma Wesleyan] was a very tough test and we showed up and we played. If we play our game, and make other teams play our game, we’re going to win a lot of them. But, when we don’t play our game, you’ve seen the results. Real proud of my girls today.”
    The Tigers will face McPherson College on Tuesday in the return game in the Battle of McPherson. They also have single games set for next week against Friends University and Langston University on Friday.
    CCC will end the season April 26 at home against University of Saint Mary.
    Kerr feels his young team is just starting to peak as the season winds down.
    “They’re getting used to each other,” he said. “We’ve got everybody returning from this year, so we’re not going to be, basically, a new team again next year. The freshmen are maturing and everybody is getting used to playing with each other. We’re really developing and, next year, we’re going to add some people, but we should be good. We’re developing nicely.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Contact Chris Swick by email at cswick@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @SwickSentinel.

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