Baseball Tigers again come away with split

By Steve Sell
February 23, 2014
Amanda Berggren

MOUNDRIDGE — It was another split Saturday for the Central Christian College baseball team, as the Tigers and Dakota State wound up going 2-2 against each other in the four-game series.

One bad inning in the first game cost the Tigers, as Dakota State scored eight times in the fourth to spark a 9-2 victory. CCC had led 2-0 before that deflating frame.

Masaski Yamashita had two hits for Central, which was held to five in the contest. Clayton Lacher and Lee Stoop clubbed doubles.

Andrew Hightower took the loss. The Tiger bullpen was solid, giving up just one run in three innings.

Doug Gove was magnificent on the mound in the second game as his four-hit shutout gained the split for the Tigers in a near-perfect performance, 8-0.

Gove walked three and fanned five, while throwing just 99 pitches.

The Tigers scored four runs in the fourth and three in the fifth as they broke out of a hitting slump. Yamashita had two more hits, while Stoop had two hits and two RBIs. Tyler Gniadek also had two hits. Stoop and Yamashita stroked doubles.

CCC is now 6-7 and plays Tuesday at Manhattan Christian, weather permitting.