WAXAHACHIE, Texas — The Central Christian College baseball team improved its record to 2-1 on the season with an 8-5 win Friday afternoon over the Arlington Baptist College Patriots.
The Tigers, coming off a split on Thursday against Southwestern Assemblies of God, got another good outing from their starting pitcher and continued to swing the bats well against the Patriots.
The Tigers sent freshman Braxton Lorenzini to the mound for the first start of his collegiate career. He threw six strong innings, giving up three runs, one of them earned, on five hits. He faced 20 Patriots, striking out two and walking six in earning his first collegiate win. Sophomore Thomas Koop came on in seventh inning and closed things out, giving up two runs on four hits. Koop showed good command of his pitches, striking out four of the 13 batters he faced and gave up zero walks in earning the first save of the season.
Offensively, the Tigers scored their eight runs on eight hits. Drew Schiesser and Ian Eshelman had two hits apiece. Both of Schiesser's hits were doubles. Eshelman was a perfect 2 for 2 with two singles. Masaki Yamashita, Marty Guevara, Tyler Gniadek and Clayton Lacher all recorded singles. Schiesser, Lacher, Eshelman and William McCleary all drove in one run. Lacher and Gniadek had two RBIs each.
CCC coach Justin Cunningham lauded the play of his young team saying, "We played very well today. Our guys played the game hard with the focus of one pitch at a time. We were very competitive and consistent throughout. Braxton Lorenzini gave us a quality start on the mound and Thomas Koop came out of the bullpen and threw well. It was a team win and our guys played very unselfish."
The Tigers will play the Dallas Christian College Crusaders for a doubleheader starting at 12:30 p.m. this afternoon.