POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. — Central Christian College’s baseball team couldn’t have liked its chances going into Friday’s doubleheader against College of the Ozarks on the Bobcats’ home diamond.
Central was only 4-43 lifetime in the series and had not won a matchup between the teams since 2009.
But in Game 2, the Tigers outlasted the Bobcats 7-6 to earn a split of the doubleheader. Ozarks had won the first game, 4-0.
The teams are playing two more games today as CCC is now 12-21.
• Ozarks 4, Central 0 — The Tigers could muster only four hits, with Zane Howard’s double the lone extra-base blow. Ozarks scored a run in the second and two in the third before wrapping up their offensive output with a run in the fifth.
Reggie Thomas took the loss despite allowing only three hits in his five innings of work. He walked three and fanned three.
• Central 7, Ozarks 6 — Central stunned the Bobcats by leading 7-1 going into the bottom of the seventh, scoring all its runs in two innings with frames of four and three runs.
Ozarks didn’t go down without a fight however.
The Bobcats put five runs on the board before Howard came on in relief to get the final two outs.
Keaton Snyder allowed only one run over the first six innings before tiring in the seventh. He struck out five.
Shomari Cann’s homer was the Tigers’ loudest hit. Caleb Gorman had three hits, while Hunter Wilcher had two hits and two RBIs. Troy Carrigan had two hits and Cann added two RBIs.