LINDSBORG — The Central Christian College baseball team lost a tough game on Tuesday, on the road, 4-2 to the Bethany College Swedes. The Tigers played a good game. Defensively they committed zero errors, they just came up a little short on the offensive end.
Senior Cameron Bonds got the call by the coaches to get the start on the bump for the Tigers. Bonds worked the first five innings, giving up 2 runs on 5 hits, with 2 walks. Bailey Jay came on in relief of Bonds in the 6th inning. He collared the loss, working the final 3 innings, allowing 2 runs on 2 hits with 3 walks and 1 strike out.
At the dish, the Tigers scored 2 runs on 4 hits. Four different players recorded hits, 3 singles by Troy Carrigan, JD Noey, and Andru Kemp, and a solo home run by Shomari Cann. The first three innings were scoreless, but the Swedes finally got on the board in the bottom of the 4th on a two out RBI single.
They added another run in their next at bat to go up 2-0 on the Tigers. Central cut the lead in half when Nathan Rejino went first to third when Chance Carney put a ball in play that was misplayed by the Swede defense. They tried to throw Rejino out at 3rd, but the throw got by the Swede 3rd baseman and Rejino scampered in and slid under the tag of the Bethany catcher.
Both teams were scoreless in the 7th, but the Tigers tied the game on Cann's homerun in the top of the 8th. Unfortunately they couldn't keep the Swedes off the scoreboard in the bottom of the inning. They added two more on another 2 out RBI single. Carney got on base again in the top of the 9th on another error by the Swedes.
Kemp pushed Carney over to 3rd with a ground out to second base bringing the tying run to the plate with 2 outs. Jared Jones, representing the tying run, took a pitch the other way but it was hit right at the Bethany right fielder to end the game.
With the loss, the Tigers drop to 1-12 on the season. They will open up SAC conference play this weekend when Wayland Baptist University comes to town for a 3 game series, beginning on Friday afternoon.