NEWTON—The Central Christian College of Kansas softball teams were able to get some games in close to home on Friday afternoon, as the made the short trip down I-135 to Newton to take on the Bethel College Threshers. Unfortunately for the Tigers, they weren't able to come home with a win, dropping both games of the doubleheader 6-4 and 12-4.
The Threshers jumped out to the early lead in game one, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first and two more runs in the bottom of the third inning. The Tiger offense saw some signs of life in the top of the fourth inning, with Jessica Aldana leading off the inning with a single, then Madison Walker knock the ball over the left field fence for a two-run home run. The Tigers would get another run in the top of the fifth, as Ashton Nelson drove in Karlee Adams with a single. Unfortunately, Taylor Bourne was caught out on the base paths, being tagged out for the first out of the inning. The Tigers wouldn't be able to get anything more from that inning, as the next two batters would be put out. The Threshers would add an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth inning, which would prove big as the Tigers would make one last run in the top of the seventh. Taylor Bourne led off the inning with a single to the shortstop, and proceeded to wreak havoc on the base paths, stealing second base and advancing to third base on an error by the Threshers. Ashton Nelson would hit a double to drive in Bourne for her second RBI of the game. Bethel's pitching would come through for them, however, forcing the Tigers' final three batters to ground out, pop out, and line out to end the game at 6-4.
In game two, the Threshers took the 2-0 lead after two innings, but the Tigers would take the lead in the top of the third inning. Jessica Aldana would drive in Karlee Adams with a single to center, while Gizelle Lucero would drive in Aldana and Natalie Vines with another single to center field, giving the Tigers the 3-2 lead. That lead would be short lived, however, as the Threshers tagged the Tigers for five runs in the bottom of the fourth, and five more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to run rule the Tigers 12-2.
Coach Aaron Annis was frustrated with the results of the doubleheader, saying, "Today we beat ourselves. We hit the ball when needed to, but our defensive errors hurt us in game one. I was happy to see Madison Wwalker out there. In her first at-bat, she hit a two-run shot over left field to get us within three. In game two, we just couldn't stop their hard hits to the outfield. We will need to regroup quick as we play crosstown rival McPherson College tomorrow."
The Tigers will be back in action on Saturday afternoon as they will face McPherson College of a doubleheader starting at noon.