Lady Tigers sweep MCAC opener

By Steve Sell
March 12, 2014

Now this was the Central Christian College softball team that coach Chad Kerr had envisioned.

The Lady Tigers, who had gone 2-8 in nonconference action, opened MCAC play with a splash here Tuesday with a rousing sweep of Haskell, both of the games ending in the minimum five innings.

In the opener, Kristen Hall twirled a sparkling 1-hitter, facing just one over the minimum, in a 10-0 rout. Shanice Valencia’s single was the only blemish on what would have been a perfect game. She struck out five.

Hall helped her own cause with a homer. Ashley Westgarth had three hits, two of them doubles, and drove in two runs. Hall had two hits and two RBIs. Other leaders were Dana Dean (two RBIs), Brooklynn Lemons (two hits) and Mandy Jacques (two hits).

The second game was a 17-1 lambasting as the Lady Tigers began the game with a 16-run explosion in the first inning.

Cristina Insua went five innings and the only run she allowed was due to an error. CCC pounded a season-high 20 hits, with Shawna Hash the leader with three, good for three RBIs. Insua also drove in three runs as did Sydney Nelson. 

“By far our best performance thus far this season and the scores reflect this,” Kerr said.   “The pitching was wonderful with Kristen Hall and Cristina Insua both throwing gems, defense was perfect and the hitting was outstanding.  The ladies have been working hard and it is paying off.  I told them this was a big week for us with four home doubleheaders and they came ready to play today and it showed."

The Lady Tigers host Hillsdale Baptist on Thursday.