There was little, if anything, that separated the three teams Thursday in the McPherson College Baseball Classic at Light Capital Diamond.
McPherson College, Central Christian College and Dickinson State all finished 1-1 and in the three games played all were decided by one run.
• Dickinson State 8, McPherson College 7 — A pair of three-run innings propelled Dickinson State to the victory, as the Bulldogs did almost all their damage in the fourth inning with five runs.
Jose Nossa and Zach Wilson had two hits apiece for Mac, with Wilson also driving in two runs. Seth Davenport added a double and the Bulldogs ran wild on the bases by stealing five. Tyler Lambert took the loss for Mac.
• Central Christian College 5, Dickinson State 4 — The Tigers pushed across a run in the eighth inning for the victory after having trailed 4-0 going into the fifth.
CCC scored a run in the fifth and three in the sixth.
Doug Gove was a workhorse, going all eight innings and throwing 124 pitches for the victory. Clayton Lacher had a single and double for the Tigers, while Nicholas Campos drove in two runs.
• McPherson College 4, Central Christian College 3 — Wilson had two hits and two RBIs to lead the Bulldogs to the win. Nossa and Austin Russell also had two hits to back Taylor Werts, who went 6 2/3 innings before Josh Grant got the final out as CCC scored a run in the seventh to make it interesting.
Lee Stoops crashed a homer for the Tigers and also had a double. He finished with two RBIs. Drew Scheisser laced three singles. Robert Hawkins was the tough-luck loser.
The win improved the Bulldogs to 2-9. They are scheduled to host AIB College of Business on Monday, but the twinbill is practically assured of being postponed considering the upcoming forecast.
The loss, after five straight wins, leaves CCC at 10-8.
“"I was very proud of our guys,” CCC coach Justin Cunningham said. “We had a good week of baseball. They found a way to win a few close games. We need to continue to get better in some areas but it was fun to be a part of a group that battled all week."
The Tigers are scheduled to play Tuesday at Friends, weather permitting.