Photo by Rhylee Richardson
McPherson, KS – The Central Christian College softball team were finally back on their home field on Thursday afternoon, for the first time in over a month.
Thursday's games pitted the Tigers against the Tabor College Blue Jays in a rematch of a double header that was won by the Blue Jays in Hillsboro, KS back in February. Both of Thursday's games were well played by both teams, but unfortunately the Tigers came out on the short end in both games, dropping game one 2-4, and then falling in the finale 0-1.
Kasi Krause was in the circle for the Tigers to start game one. She pitched a complete game, allowing four runs, two of them earned on ten hits. She had great command of her pitches, coming up with five strikeouts and zero walks.
The offense scratched out nine hits, but as been a common theme this season, they couldn't find a way to get the hits they needed with runners in scoring position. They ended up scoring two runs in the game, but left eight runners stranded on base. Three Tigers recorded multiple hits in the game, led by Chandler Gerk and Lyssa Ritchhart who were both 2 for 3. Gerk had two singles and an RBI while Ritchhart had single, double, that led to one run scored, and another run batted in. Mariah Grijalva also had a pair of hits in four trips to the dish from her lead off position. The three other hits were singles by Kraus, Rayne Wright, and Morgan Hildebrandt.
The second game was a defensive battle as neither offense was really able to find much of a rhythm. The Tigers gave Grijalva the ball on the rubber in game two. She scattered five hits and allowed just one unearned run with a walk and two strikeouts.
The Tigers out hit the Blue Jays six to five, but couldn't find a way to push any runs across. Rayne Wright, led the Tiger offense going a perfect 2 for 2 from the dish with a pair of singles. Becca Mazur, Nicole Steiskal, Evelyn Maysonet, and Kraus came up with the other four Tiger hits, all singles.
With the losses, the Tigers fall to 2-31 on the season. They are off the rest of the weekend, but will be back in action next Tuesday when they host the Bacone College Warriors for a double header beginning at 3:00 pm.