SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — When Central Christian College’s baseball team ends a slump, it ends it in a big way.
The Tigers, who had lost 11 straight games after an 11-3 start to the season, smashed the skid on Saturday by sweeping Evangel College.
As so often is the case when ending a long losing streak, it came due to a well-pitched game. Bryan Scott spinned a terrific six-hitter in the opener as CCC came away with a 4-1 victory. Scott walked only two and needed just 93 pitches for the complete game.
Central was handcuffed offensively except for the fifth inning when it scored all four runs, two of them driven in by Shomari Cann. Stephen Boedeker added two hits.
It was more good pitching in Game 2 as Kenith Smith worked four innings of one-run ball before Doug Gove came on to finish it out.
The Tigers did most of their damage in the first inning, scoring three times. Caleb Gorman was 3 for 3, while Cann, Boedeker and Graham Greenbeck all picked up two hits.
Central, now 13-14, hosts crosstown rival McPherson College for a single 7 p.m. game Tuesday.
• Game 1 •
Central (4) — Patterson 4-0-1-1, Cann 4-0-1-2, Greenbeck 3-0-0-0, Howard 3-0-1-0, Black 3-1-1-0, Landon 3-0-0-0, Lumley 3-1-1-1, Boedeker 3-1-2-0, Gorman 2-1-0-0.
• Game 2 •
Central (5) — Patterson 2-1-0-0, Cann 4-1-2-1, Greenbeck 4-1-2-2, Howard 4-0-0-0, Romeu 2-0-0-1, Boedeker 4-1-2-0, Lumley 3-0-1-0, Landon 2-0-0-1, Gorman 3-1-3-0.