The Central Christian College baseball team is fighting for it's play-off lives and their play against Ozark Christian showed evidence of that! Needing to win 6 of their last 7 games to go to post-season, the Tigers swept a doubleheader from Ozark Christian to up their record to 16-29. "We showed alot of passion & energy today!," said head coach Bob Marsh. "Both Richter & Wood gave us quality starts today and we hit the ball well!"
In game one, the Tigers scroed twice in the 1st inning on an RBI double by freshman rightfielder Troy Richter and a suicide squeeze from Wade Wedow. The Tigers would score five more runs in the 2-3 innings to push the lead to seven. Jr pitcher Kyle Richter took a no-hitter into the top of the 4th. An error and a home run deep to left by the Ambassador's O'dell broke up Richter's no-no and would be all the runs the Crusaders would score. CCC added two insurance runs in the 6th on a single to left by Wade Wedow to give themselves an 8-2 victory. Wedow finished the game with four RBI's. Other offensive leaders were Troy Richter and Aaron Roberts who both went 2-3. Richter doubled twice and score three times. Tiger Starting pitcher Kyle Richter was sharp limiting OCC to four hits, one walk, and four strike outs.
In the second game of the twinbill, Tiger starting pitcher Chris Wood limited the Crusaders to just three hits and one unearned run while his teammates pounded out 15 hits and 11 runs to break open a 2-1 game in the 4th inning. The Tigers score three times in the 4th, 5th & 6th innings to end the game on the mercy rule 11-1. Leading the Tigers offensively was Spencer Barriball and Aaron Premer, who both went 3-4. Premer doubled twice and drove home three RBI's. Brent Davis and Wade Wedow also collected two hits each and Troy Richter drove in three RBI's. Wood was in total control of the game and recorded four strike outs and and only walking two Ozark batters.
The Tigers improved their record to 16-29 and are just 4 wins away from being post-season eligible. CCC has an opportunity to host the National Christian College Athletic Association Midwest Regional Tournament in May if they can win 4 of their next 5 games.