Photo by Rhylee Richardson
McPherson, KS – It was another slug fest between the Central Christian College baseball team and Kansas Wesleyan University on Wednesday evening.
With a nice breeze blowing out to left field, there were runs a plenty from the Tigers and Coyotes. There were nine homeruns in the game, eight of them from the visitors, which led to a combined 31 runs scored.
Keaton Snyder got the start for the Tigers on the mound, but ended up not factoring in the decision. He worked the first five innings, giving up eight runs on eight hits. Except in a few situations, he had nice command of his pitches and the strike zone. He finished with seven strikeouts to just one walk. He left the game after the 5th inning staked to a three run lead. Unfortunately, the Tigers were unable to hold on to the lead the rest of the way.
Ruggeri Thomas was first out of the bullpen in the top of the 6th. He lasted only two-thirds of an inning, and was charged with six runs on three hits with three walks which resulted in him taking the loss. Bryan Scott, Landon Stevens, and Patrick Lujan worked the final three and a third surrendering a combined five runs on seven hits.
Offensively, the Tigers finished with 12 runs on nine hits led by Nate Patterson, who was 3 for 4 with a double, a run scored and four RBI. Caleb Gorman also had a multi-hit game with a single and a double in four trips, driving in one run and scoring three others. The big hit of the game came in the 4th inning when Kenny Cordova hit a three run home run over the leftfield fence.
Like the previous night, the Tigers looked strong for the first four innings of the game. They matched the Coyotes run for run through three, and then broke the game open with six runs in the bottom of the fourth. From there however, things began to unravel. The Coyotes had two big innings, scoring five in the fifth and then eight more in the sixth to retake the lead 16-12. They added two more in the seventh and one in the ninth to close out the game 19-12.
With the loss, the Tigers fall to 12-29 in the season. They get a few days off before taking the field again next Tuesday on the road at Sterling College.