LINDSBORG – The Bethany College Swedes' bats stayed hot against Central Christian College as they scored 32 total runs in 12-1 and 20-3 victories.
The Tigers got on the board early in the top of the first with their lone run of the game although the Swedes wasted no time scoring three of their own in the bottom half. Emma Wager, junior outfielder, got things started with a single and advanced to third on a double by Ciera Flores, freshman shortstop. Wager and Flores on a bobbled ball hit by Alyssa Montoya, senior third baseman, as she advanced to second and then third on a single by Kylie McCoy, freshman designated player. Montoya scored as McCoy got into a run down for the third run of the inning.
Until the bottom of the third the Swedes stayed quiet. Montoya sent a rocket to deep right center field for a triple and later scored on another single from McCoy.
The Swedes had a huge inning in the bottom of the fourth scoring eight runs. Lexie Valentine, junior infielder, singled to shallow right and advanced to second on a fielder's choice error by Nicole Pendleton, senior catcher. Hannah Price, freshman outfielder, singled to load the bases as Courtney Fudge, junior second baseman, stepped to the plate. Fudge singled up the middle plating Valentine and Pendleton and advancing Price to second. Wager advanced Price to third as she reached first on a fielder's choice and then stole second. Flores again singled up the middle scoring Price and advancing Wager to third. Montoya sent another double down the right field line which scored Wager and Flores. Montoya then scored as McCoy reached first on an error. Shannon Williams, sophomore outfielder, hit a two run homerun to mark the end of the Swedes' scoring as they held the Tigers off in the top of the fifth.
Central Christian struck first again plating one in the top of the first but the Swedes answered with four runs of their own. Courtney Fudge drew a leadoff walk and advanced on a stolen base before scoring on a single off the left field fence by Ciera Flores. Flores advanced to third on a single by Kylie McCoy and scored on a double by Elizabeth Endsley, junior catcher, as McCoy advanced to third. Williams then singled to score McCoy and Endsley.
The Tigers plated another run in the second but the Swedes answered with eight. This time it was Hannah Price who started things off with a leadoff single before scoring as Fudge sent a triple down the right field line. Wager plated Fudge on another single before advancing to third on a Flores single off the left field fence. Montoya doubled again to plate both runners and then advanced to third on a wild pitch. McCoy grounded out to first scoring Montoya. Williams got the offense started again drawing a walk and advancing to third on a double by Valentine. Williams scored as Price reached on a fielder's choice advancing Valentine to third. Fudge stepped to the plate again before hitting her second triple of the inning to score both runners.
Neither team would score in the third and the Tigers went scoreless in the fourth before a huge bottom half of the inning from the Swedes offense. Williams doubled to left and advanced to third on a double from Valentine before they both scored on a triple from Price. Wager got on with a double and advanced to third on a single by Flores who advanced to second on the Tigers throw. Montoya singled to left plating both runners and advanced to third on two errors. Montoya then scored on a misplayed ground ball from McCoy. Zoe Levesque, junior outfielder, came in to pinch run and advanced to third on a double from Endsley. Alaina Lawing, senior outfielder, came in to run for Endsley as Williams stepped to the plate and Levesque scored on a ground out by Williams. Lawing would score on a single by Price to end the scoring for the Swedes.
A Tiger's run in the top of the fifth made the score 20-3 but the Swedes did not allow any further runs to cross the plate.