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Baseball - Thu, May 11, 2017

McPherson, KS – The Central Christian College baseball team opened up post season play with a 1-3 loss in the opening round of pool play in the NCCAA Central Region Tournament Thursday evening.

The Tigers sent lefty, Keaton Snyder to the hill for the start in the Tigers' first post season berth in over a decade. Snyder went the full six innings, giving up three runs on just two hits with five strikeouts and the same amount of walks.

The defense behind Snyder was superb, finishing the game with zero errors, but it was the offense that let him down. The Tigers out hit the Bison 7-2, but scored just one run off of those seven hits, and ended up leaving ten runners stranded on base. Troy Carrigan was seeing the ball well all night, and as a result finished the game 3 for 3 with two singles and a double. Caleb Gorman, Shomari Cann, and Ian Eshelman contributed to the Tiger cause, each with a single in the game. The lone Tiger run was scored by Mario Rivera who was driven in by Cann's single in the top of the 3rd inning.

The Bison have been ranked #1 in the NCCAA all season, but the Tigers weren't intimidated by their ranking or the fact that they are an NCAA DII program. They were the visiting team, despite playing on their home field, due to the fact that the Bison are the #1 seed in the tournament this weekend. They also had to overcome the fact that they were without their top hitter, Hunter Wilcher, who was serving a one game suspension, for getting ejected in the team's last regular season game two weeks ago.

Despite all of that, the Tigers led the Bison 1-0 through three and a half innings. Unfortunately the lead was short lived, as the Bison took the lead from the Tigers in the bottom of the 4th inning with a pair of runs. They added a third insurance run in the bottom of the 5th off a home run to center field.

With the loss, the Tigers are 0-1 to start pool play. They will play their final two games in the pool tomorrow at 12:00 and 2:30 out at Tiger Stadium. The Tigers will take on the Central Baptist Mustangs in the 12:00 game, and then finish up with Randall University at 2:30.