The Central Christian College of Kansas softball team played their second to last home series of the season, taking on the Warriors of Sterling College. Being the last time they will play at home on the weekend, the Tigers also took the opportunity to honor their lone senior, first-year transfer Breanna Bill. In addition to celebrating their senior, the Tigers also got to celebrate two wins, taking both games of the doubleheader over Sterling 7-2 and 5-2.
Game one started off the same way that many of the Tigers' games have started recently with leadoff hitter Ashton Nelson creating instant offense with her bat and speed on the bases. She led off the game with a double over the head of the Sterling left fielder, then moved to third on a sacrifice bunt from Bill, and was brought home by a Cassidy Pitts single. The Warriors would answer right back in the top of the second inning with a solo home run to tie it up at one apiece. The Tigers would take complete control of the game in the bottom of the third with six more runs. Altavia Hall would bring in Pitts, Gizelle Lucero would double to bring home Hall and Jessica Aldana, Madison Walker would double home Lucero, Kaitlyn Kindle would bring Karlee Adams across the plate and Nelson would bring home Kindle to give the Tigers a 7-1 lead. The Warriors would get one back in the top of the fourth, but that would be the last run scored in the game. The Tigers would take game one 7-2 on the back of a big third inning and Shiloh Burn's complete game pitching performance.
Game two started out in the favor of the Warriors as they threatened to take a big lead in the top of the second inning, but Cheyann Sales managed to pitch her way out of a bases-loaded situation with just one run given up. The Tigers would once again make their big push in the bottom of the third inning, this time scoring four runs all with two outs. After a strikeout and a pop out to start the inning, Bill would hit her first home run as a Tiger, tying the game up 1-1. Pitts would then find herself on second base thanks to a fielding error by the Warriors, and she would be brought home by a Aldana single. Aldana would take an extra base on the throw home by Sterling, and then she would make her way home thanks to Hall's single. Two batters later, Kindle would bring Hall around to score with an infield single. Tigers would take the 4-1 lead. The Warriors would score once more in the top of the fifth inning, and the Tigers would get one more in the bottom of the sixth with Bill bringing home Taelyn Pagel on a groundout. Sales would close out the complete game, giving the Tigers the 5-2 victory.
With those two wins, the Tigers have set the single-season record for wins, surpassing the previous mark of 14 wins (2014, 2018). The Tigers still have nine games left to play with plenty more opportunities to add on to their win total. In just his second season at the helm, Head Coach Aaron Annis has also become the winningest head coach in Tiger softball history as a four-year institution.
In his senior day message to his senior transfer, Bill, Coach Annis had this to say, "When we first got Bre to commit to Central, I was so excited that I was able to pick up an extra leader on the field and in the classroom. Bre is a great player, and I will miss her when the season is over. She's always full of energy, which makes it so much fun to be around her. I will miss her, but I'm also excited to see what the future brings her."
The Tigers will have another non-conference matchup on Tuesday afternoon when they travel to take on Fort Hays State University