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McPherson College
Central Christian
Baseball - Tue, Apr. 25, 2017

Photo by Evan Maldonado

McPherson, KS – The Central Christian College baseball team wrapped up their four game season series with crosstown rival Mac College with a 5-2 win on Tuesday evening. With the win, the Tigers evened the series at two games apiece.

The Tigers turned to Cameron Bonds on the hill for the start in the series finale. Bonds gave the Tigers four shutout innings, giving up just two hits while recording four strikeouts and two walks. He was relieved in the 5th inning by Bryan Scott, who kept the shutout going over the next three innings and only surrendering one hit. Landon Stevens was given the ball for the 8th inning, where the Bulldogs finally broke into the scoring column. Stevens allowed two Bulldog runs, just one of them earned, on two hits with a pair of strikeouts and zero walks. Leading 5-2 heading into the top of the 9th, the Tigers turned to lefty Keaton Snyder to try and shut the door on the Bulldogs.  He gave up a leadoff double, but then got the next two Bulldog hitters to strikeout swinging, and the fourth hitter of the inning to ground out to third base ending the game.

Offensively, the Tigers were less than spectacular at the plate, but did just enough to secure the win. They scored five runs on just four hits, and got a lot of help from a Bulldog defense that committed five errors, which directly led to all five of the Tiger runs. All four of the Tiger hits were singles by Mario Rivera, Caleb Gorman, Zane Howard, and Hunter Wilcher. Rivera reached base three times, stole four bases, including home, and scored three times.

The game was scoreless through the first two innings. The Tigers finally broke the scoreless tie with a pair of runs in the bottom of the 3rd on an on a two RBI single by Zane Howard. They added another run in the bottom of the 5th when Shomari Cann reached base via a wild throw by the Bulldog shortstop, allowing Rivera to score from 2nd base. The Bulldogs finally got on the board in the top of the 8th with a pair of runs, cutting the Tiger lead to one, 3-2. Stevens struck out the first two hitters of the inning, but on the second hitter, the ball got passed Troy Carrigan, the Tiger catcher, and the Bulldog hitter reached base safely despite striking out. A double by the next batter put runners at 2nd and 3rd with one out. The next hitter singled and suddenly it was a ball game again.

In the bottom half of the 8th, a pair of errors by the Bulldog defense allowed the Tigers to score a couple of insurance runs giving Snyder and the Tiger defense a little breathing room as they headed into the top of the 9th inning. The Bulldogs opened with a bloop double down the right field line, but Snyder regrouped got the next two hitters to strikeout and then the fourth hitter of the inning to hit a ground ball to Howard at 3rd base. Howard fired the ball to Eshelman at 1st ending the game.

With the win, the Tigers snap a 10 game losing streak and are now 13-32 on the season. They will wrap up their regular season this weekend in a four game series with A.I.I. conference foe, College of the Ozarks. The Tigers and Bobcats are scheduled to begin the series at 3:00 on Friday and then wrap it up with another double header starting at 12:00 on Saturday.