The Central Christian College softball team picked up their first series sweep on Tuesday afternoon, taking both games of a doubleheader against Haskell Indian Nations University. The Tigers run ruled the Indians in game one, winning 11-3 in five innings. They completed the sweep by taking the finale 8-3.
Kasi Kraus got the start in game 1 and picked up the win. She pitched a complete game, and allowed just three runs, on five hits. She got a lot of help from the offense and even helped out her own cause at the dish. She finished 2 for 3 with a pair of singles, walked once, and scored twice. Joining Kraus with multiple hits were Altavia Hall and Gianca Holmes. Both were 2-for-3, and each had a home run. The only difference in their stat lines came in the RBI column. Hall finished with four while Holmes had two.
The Tigers and Indians went back and forth in the first 3 ½ innings. The Tigers scored first in the top of the first and then Haskell tied the game a half inning later. The Tiger retook the lead in the second, only to see the Indians once again tying the game in their next at bat. The order changed in the third and fourth innings when the Tigers scored two in the bottom of the third, but the Indians could only muster a single run in their half of the fourth. The Tiger then broke the game open with four runs in the bottom of the fifth, three of them coming on Hall's homerun. They added three more for good measure an inning later on a homerun by Holmes, an RBI single by Morgan Hildebrant, and then the game ended when the Indians walked Hall with the bases loaded and Jaicee Stinson scored.
In the second game it was pitching by committee. Rhemi Aguero- Pacheco got the start in the circle, and worked the first four 2/3. She gave up eight total hits to the Indians second and third 3rd. Kraus came into the game after pitching in game one, gave up a hit that scored one the Haskell runner on third, which gave the Indians the lead over the Tigers at the time, and eliminated Aguero-Pacheco from picking up the win. Kraus got the next Indian hitter to strike out, ending the threat. The Tigers offense would retake the lead in their next at bat, putting Kraus in line for the win, her second of the day. Gianca Holmes pitched the final two innings. She gave up just one run on one hit to the Indians, while striking out one and walking two.
The Tiger offense took a while to warm back up in game two. They finished the game with 11 hits, but only had two through the first four innings. They finally got things back on track in the fifth. They scored four runs in the inning on four hits, and then added three more runs on fifth hits an inning later, giving them eight for the game. Hall continued to swing a hot bat in game two. She finished the game with two hits in four at bats, with a double, a pair of runs scored, and two more RBI, giving her six total for the day. Eight of the nine other hits for the Tigers were singles by Jessica Aldana, Breana Miller, Cheyann Sales, Taylor Bourne, Taelyn Pagel, Kraus, and Hildebrant. The ninth was a triple by Holmes.
"The team played well on all cylinders,” said Central head coach Aaron Annis. "Our bats stayed hot throughout both games. These games were convenient boosters as we will be facing a very good team this weekend. They next two days of practice will be needed so we are playing our best this weekend."
The wins put the Tigers at 6-14 on the season. They will host USAO this weekend in a four game series.