STERLING — The Central Christian College softball team is still looking for some consistency in this young season. On Tuesday, the Tigers fell twice to the Sterling College Warriors, coming up a run short in game 1, 5-4 and then giving up one big inning in game 2 and ultimately losing 10-2.
The Tigers got off to a slow start offensively in game 1. They were held scoreless through 5 innings and were trailing 5-0 before they finally got on the board in the top of the 6th. After giving up 4 runs to the Warriors in the bottom of the 5th, the Tigers put their rally caps on and matched their opponents with 4 runs of their own. The rally stalled at 4 runs, and they were unable to get it started again in the 7th inning.
Kasi Kraus was in the circle for the Tigers and took the loss. She pitched a complete game, going 6 innings allowing 5 runs on 12 hits. The defense was solid behind her, committing just one error. The offense just didn't give her enough run support. The offense was efficient, managing 4 runs on 5 hits it just took too long to get going. Five different Tigers recorded hits, four of them singles by Kraus, Morgan Hildebrandt, Cheyann Sales, and Jaicee Stinson, and a double by Altavia Hall.
In game 2, if you take away the first inning, the Tigers come away with the victory. The Tigers struggled to get outs in the bottom of the 1st inning and the Warriors jumped out to a 9-0 lead. After that, the Tigers settled down and held the Warriors to just one run the rest of the way.
Cheyann Sales got the start in the circle in game 2. She had a rough start, lasting only two-thirds of an inning and giving up 9 runs on 5 hits. Kraus was then called upon to get the final out of the 1st inning. She did so, and then finished out the rest of the game, giving up just 1 run on 2 hits.
It was the offense again that came up short. This time they scored just 2 runs on 3 hits and left 3 runners stranded on base. The 3 hits included a single by Karina Flores, and a single and a double from Gianca Holmes who was 2 for 2 with an RBI.
Central head coach, Aaron Annis, summed up his team's performance saying, "We started out slow in the first game but finished on a high note scoring 4 runs to get within 1. We had a rough start pitching in the 2nd game not hitting our spots. The defense stepped up and made some plays to hold sterling to just 1 run after the 1st inning. The team will rest up and be ready to go as we play Tabor College tomorrow."
The loss drops the Tigers to 1-7 on the season. As Coach Annis alluded to, the Tigers will be back on the diamond tomorrow against the Tabor College Blue Jays. First pitch is scheduled for 3 pm.