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Baseball - Wed, Apr. 19, 2017

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McPherson, KS – The Central Christian College baseball team dropped the third installment of their four game series with crosstown rival McPherson, 4-5 in extra innings.

The first three innings were relatively uneventful as neither team was able to crack into the scoring column. The Bulldogs took a 3-0 lead with two runs in the 4th, and one in the 5th. The Tigers finally broke through when Hunter Wilcher hit a solo homerun in the bottom of the 6th. They got another run in the bottom of the 7th and cut the Bulldog lead to 2-3. The Bulldogs added an insurance run in the top of the 9th to extend the lead to 4-2, but the Tigers responded by tying the game in their half of the 9th on a two run homerun by Shomari Cann.

Tied at 4, the two teams headed into extra innings. The Tigers brought in Zane Howard, hoping to keep the Bulldogs off the board. He started the inning by walking the leadoff hitter. He then got the next batter to ground into a fielder's choice. The Tigers got the lead off runner leaving a runner at first with one out. The next Bulldog hit a sacrifice bunt sending the runner at first into scoring position at second base. Howard then threw a wild pitch and the runner at 2nd advanced to 3rd. The Bulldog's 1st baseman, Lane Fleming, then laced a line drive into right field driving in the runner from third to put the Bulldogs up 5-4.

In the bottom of the 10th, the first two Tiger hitters grounded out and flew out. Hunter Wilcher, who had homered earlier, walked to the plate with a chance to tie the game. The Bulldog pitcher threw three pitches out of the strike zone hoping Wicher would chase. When Wilcher wouldn't bite, they decided to just put him on first base with an intentional walk. Troy Carrigan, who was making his first plate appearance of the game, came to the dish as the potential winning run.  Carrigan watched the first pitch go by a ball, the next two as strikes, and then struck out swinging on the 4th pitch of the at bat, ending the game.

The Tigers used four pitchers in the game beginning with Keaton Snyder. Snyder worked the first 6 innings, giving up 3 runs, 2 of them earned, on 5 hits. Cameron Bonds worked the next two and a third allowing just one run on 4 hits. After Bonds, Bryan Scott came out of the pen to get the final 2 outs of the 9th inning, without allowing a run. Howard pitched the final inning. He surrendered the one run on just one hit, and ended up taking the loss.

Offensively, the Tigers were led by Mario Rivera who finished the night by going 4 for 5. He was joined in the multi-hit club by Can who was 2 for 4 with a homerun, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI. The only other hits were a single by Brian Marroquin, who made his first start of the season at first base, and the solo home run by Wilcher.

With the loss, the Tigers fall to 1-2 against their crosstown rival this season, and 12-33 overall. The Tigers are scheduled to play a three game series this weekend at home against Arlington Baptist, but with rain in the forecast for all day Friday, the series may not happen. If not, the Tigers' next game will also be against Mac next Tuesday at 6:00 pm at Tiger Stadium.