Give Mother Nature an assist in Central Christian College sweeping a baseball doubleheader here Wednesday against Dickinson State of North Dakota.
It was thought the twinbill would be postponed since there was an inch of snow on the ground at the start of the day, but after the sun came out and a 3 1/2-hour delay, the teams finally hooked up.
The Tigers proved to be the masters of the one-run game, winning 8-7 and 5-4.
Clayton Lacher’s single with two out in the bottom of the seventh scored Alex Rodriguez with the winning run in the opener, capping a three-run comeback. Dickinson State had taken a 7-4 lead with three runs in the top of the inning.
CCC smacked 13 hits in the game, three by Martin Guevara. Coming up with two were Rodriguez, Lee Stoops and Masaki Yamashita. Drew Scheisser had three RBIs with a big double.
Michael Frick, the fourth CCC pitcher, was the winner. Zane Howard threw six strong innings before yielding in the seventh.
The Tigers held on to win the second game, as Brandon Lorenzini gutted out seven innings and 142 pitches for the win, despite walking nine.
Guevara and Lacher had two hits for Central, which had eight in the game. The Tigers had back-to-back big innings, scoring two runs in the third and three in the fourth.
CCC, which has now won four in a row to move to 9-7, plays two games here today, starting with Dickinson State at 1:30, then McPherson College at 4 p.m.