CCC baseball, softball players honored

By Steve Sell
May 17, 2016

Central Christian College baseball and softball players have received postseason honors from the Association of Independent Institutions Conference (AII).

In baseball, the Tigers’ Zane Howard was picked to the first team, while Graham Greenbeck and Caleb Gorman were chosen to the second team.

Howard had a monster season at second base, batting .352 with 11 homers and 54 RBIs in 53 games. 

Greenbeck, just a freshman, hit .311 with 57 hits, including 12 doubles and two triples. He also played a solid shortstop with 154 assists.

Gorman, a center fielder, swatted at a .327 clip with six doubles, two homers and a triple. He also received a Gold Glove award, the first Tiger to be honored since 2009. He made only two errors, had 96 putouts and eight assists.

For the softball team, three players earned second-team honors — Sydney Nelson, Lyssa Ritchhart and Kasi Kraus.

Nelson was picked at catcher, Ritchhart as an infielder and Kraus as a utility player.

Nelson hit .349 and led the team with 24 RBIs. Ritchhart was a .311 hitter with 11 doubles and a triple. Kraus did a little bit of everything for Central as she played five different positions. She led CCC with a .426 batting average, and was tops hits (58) and stolen bases (22). On the mound, she topped the CCC pitching staff with 52 strikeouts.

Of the six CCC selections, Nelson is the only senior.