SALINA — On Friday, the Central Christian College baseball team opened up their 2018 season at home against the Kansas Wesleyan University Coyotes. On Saturday, the series shifted to the Coyotes' home field, and the 'Yotes made the most of it. They finished off the series sweep by taking both games on the afternoon.
KWU was all over the Tigers in game one on Saturday, putting up 20 and winning by 13. Sophomore Bailey Jay got the call on the mound for the Tigers, working 3 innings allowing 11 runs on 11 hits. He was relieved by Cameron Bonds in the 4th, who pitched just one inning, giving up 7 runs on 6 hits. Freshman Christopher Sanchez finished off the final two innings, giving up just 2 runs on 2 hits.
On a normal day, 7 runs on 8 hits would have been enough to secure a victory. Unfortunately 7 runs won't cut it when your opponent has the day that it has, putting 20 on the scoreboard. The Tigers were led by Will Wild, who went 3 for 4 with a double as the Designated Hitter. Shomari Cann also saw the ball well at the plate going 2 for 3 with and an RBI.
The Tigers got on the board first, scoring the games' first run in the top of the 2nd. The Coyotes responded with a 5 spot in their half of the 2nd, and then added 13 in the bottom of the 4th to open the game wide open. After each team scored a run in the 5th, the Tigers tried to make a comeback with 5 runs in the top of the 6th. Unfortunately the comeback stalled and the Coyotes added a final run in the bottom of the 6th and then held the Tigers scoreless in the top of the 7th to close out the game 20-7.
Game two was similar to that of the game one. The score was closer, but it was another game of big innings. The Coyotes finished the sweep of the Tigers by taking game two 11-7, on the back of an 8 run 5th inning. The Tigers made another furious comeback, scoring 6 runs in the top of the 7th, but they came up just a little bit short.
The Tigers sent Jared Jones to the hill for the start in game two. He worked the first 4 innings, allowing 7 runs on 5 hits, walking 5 and striking out 2. He was relieved by Justin Freas in the 5th. Freas worked one inning, allowing 4 runs on 4 hits. Freshman Aydan Rolph came in the 6th, working the final inning. Rolph worked a scoreless inning, facing only four hitters, giving up no hits and walking one and striking out another.
At the plate, the Tigers managed another 7 runs on 7 hits, by 7 different hitters. Five of the 7 Tiger hits were singles by Nate Patterson, Andru Kemp, Shomari Cann, Christopher Sanchez, and Troy Carrigan. The other two hits were long balls by Chance Carney, and Brian Marroquin. For Marroquin, it was the first of his Tiger career, for Carney his second.
With the losses, the Tigers are now 0-4 to start the season. They wills try and rectify that next weekend when they head down to Arkansas for a four game set with the Ecclesia College. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. next Friday.