Central drums Mac in city baseball showdown

By Steve Sell
February 15, 2017
Rhylee Richardson-Central Christian College Sports Information

City baseball bragging rights between Central Christian College and McPherson College now belong to the Tigers.

Central recorded a 10-4 victory on Tuesday in a single-game matchup at Light Capital Diamond.

It was pretty much all Tigers from the start in the nine-inning contest as they exploded for four runs in the first inning and matched that in the second inning.

CCC, which had struggled offensively over the weekend as it was swept by Benedictine, pounded out 11 hits, with Kenny Cordova the big stick with four RBIs. Mario Rivera was 3 for 4 with two runs scored.

Mac was held to seven hits, two by Dylan Klava.

The victory evened CCC’s record at 4-4, while the Bulldogs dropped to 6-3.

Keaton Snyder went seven innings to pick up the win, with Cameron Bonds pitching two hitless innings of relief. Jeremy Denton took the loss, while four other Bulldog pitchers took the hill.

“Keaton threw very well tonight, allowing us to have a good team win tonight,” CCC coach Derk Kramer said. “We will get back at it tomorrow and prepare for a tough road weekend at OKWU."

“(Central Christian) jumped on us early," Mac coach Bryan Moses said. "This is one of those time where you have to give the other team credit. They outplayed us today. Every out was loud. They barreled every baseball. They've certainly recruited well and they're an improved team."

Central will have its hands full this weekend with a four-game series with Oklahoma Wesleyan, which begins on Friday. The Eagles are expected to contend for the KCAC title.

Mac goes down to Texas Wesleyan on Saturday for a four-game series, with the final two games on Sunday. The Rams are off to a 5-2 start.

• BOX •

Central (10) — Rivera 4-2-3-0, Gorman 3-2-2-1, Howard 2-2-0-0, Wilcher 4-2-2-1, Lumley 4-0-0-1, Cordova 4-0-1-4, Carrigan 4-0-1-0, Cann 4-0-0-0, Patterson 4-2-2-0.

Mac (4) — Martin 4-1-0-0, Smith 5-1-1-0, Klava 4-0-2-1, Willow 3-1-0-1, Fontenot 3-0-0-0, Flemoing 4-0-1-0, Strecker 3-1-1-0, Haycock 1-0-0-0, Carter 3-0-1-0.