Winfield — After a five day layoff, the Central Christian College softball team began a three-day road swing, playing six games in three days, starting with a doubleheader against the Southwestern College Moundbuilders.
The road trip got off to a rocky start, as the Tigers were shutout by the 'Builders in the opening game of the series 16-0. The Tigers struggled both offensively and defensively against the 'Builders in game 1. Offensively they were kept off the scoreboard, managing only 4 hits against the Southwestern Ace, while in the field, they committed 4 defensive miscues, leading to four of their opponents' 16 runs.
Four different Tigers, Morgan Hildebrandt, Jessica Aldana, Karina Flores, and Taylor Bourne, recorded a hit in game 1, all of them singles. In circle, the Tigers used two different pitchers. Cheyann Sales got the start and worked the first two innings. Rhemi Aguero-Pacheco came out of the pen in the 3rd inning and worked the final two innings. Both pitchers gave up 8 runs with the 'Builders recording 6 hits against Sales, and then 9 more against Aguero-Pacheco.
Things turned around for the Tigers offensively in game 2, but they continued to struggle defensively committing 3 more errors. Southwestern took advantage of the Tiger miscues, and they took the second game of the doubleheader 10-5.
The bats came alive for the Tigers in the second game, to the tune of 5 runs on 10 hits. The downside to the offensive explosion was the fact that they left 7 runners stranded on base. Freshman Breana Miller had a breakout game at the dish for the Tigers. She led the team, by going 3 for 4, with a run scored, and another run batted in.
Altavia Hall also had a multi-hit game, finishing with a 2 for 4 performance with a double, one run scored, and one RBI.
In the circle for the Tigers in game 2, was Kasi Kraus. She pitched a complete game, giving up 10 runs on 14 hits, with 3 walks and a pair of strikeouts.
"In the first game we came out flat and couldn't get anything going. However, in game 2 we flipped the switch and got our bats going and the defense stepped up. We will need to play well this weekend as we play a very good MACU team," Annis said.
The Tigers will continue their three day road trip, heading a little further south to Oklahoma City to take on Mid America Christian University. The Tigers and Evangels, will play a four game series starting with a doubleheader at 2 p.m. on Friday and then finishing with a doubleheader at noon on Saturday.