LANGSTON– Mired in a 12 game slump, the Central Christian College softball team traveled down to south to Langston, Oklahoma looking for a much needed win against the Langston University Lions. The Tigers nearly came home with a sweep of the Lions, but ended up settling for a split.
Central jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead over the Lions in game one through 2 ½ innings. The Lions got things going in their half of the third inning touching the Tigers for six runs in the inning and taking a 6-4 lead. The Tigers responded by tying the game at six in the top of the fourth, and then the bats went silent for both teams in the fifth and sixth innings. The Tigers went scoreless again in the seventh, and needed to get three outs to force extra innings.
The Lions started the inning with a single and then advanced her into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. Another single advanced the runner at second to third, but a misplayed ground ball by the Tigers in the outfield allowed the runner at third to score, ending the game 7-6.
Kasi Kraus was in the circle for the Tigers, and took the loss. She went six and a third, giving up seven runs on 12 hits with one strikeout and one walk. She tried to help her own cause on the offensive end, going 1-for-3 with a walk, a single, and scoring a pair of runs. She was joined in the hits column by five other Tigers. Jessica Aldana, and Altavia Hall had multiple hits in game one, each going 2-for-4. Both of Aldana's hits were singles, while Hall had a single and a double. Both scored on of the Tiger runs in the process. The other hits were singles by Gianca Holmes, who drove in two of the Tiger runs on her hit, and Taylor Bourne, and a double by Breana Miller.
The Tigers shook off the disappointment of another close loss, and came out on fire in game two against the Lions. They belted out 13 hits, resulting in 14 runs, and rand away from the Lions, winning by the run rule, 14-2 in six innings. All of the scoring in the game came in the third inning and beyond. The Tigers got the scoring started with a single run in the third, and then added three more runs in the fourth, three in the fifth, and then exploded with seven runs in the sixth. The Lions scored two runs in their half of the fifth, but it wasn't enough to overcome the offensive onslaught by the Tigers.
Cheyann Sales benefitted from barrage put on by the Tiger offense, getting the start in the circle and going the distance. She picked up her first win of her Tiger career, giving up just two runs on four hits with a walk and a strikeout in her six innings of work.
Ten different Tigers got into the action from the plate. Kraus, Aldana, and Sales led the way, each recording multiple hits. Aldana finished 2-for-3 with a single and a double, scored three runs, and drove in three more. Kraus and Sales both ended the day going 2-for-4. Kraus had a pair of singles, while Sale recorded a single and a double. She helped out her own cause scoring three runs, and driving in two others.
"Today we played very well," said Central head coach Aaron Annis. "Our bats were hot the whole day, but we just had a few errors in game one that hurt us in the end. Game two was all us, and a team effort as we were able to make plays and hit the ball very well. Good team win."
The split leaves the Tigers at 7-27 on the year. They get back after it tomorrow afternoon in a tough SAC matchup. The Tigers will host the defending NAIA champs, the Oklahoma City University Stars, in a doubleheader, starting at 2 p.m.