STERLING — Central Christian College’s softball team held its own with KCAC member Sterling College on Tuesday, splitting a road twinbill.
The Lady Tigers pounded Sterling 12-3 in the opener, ending the game in five innings. They were basically dormant through three innings, but exploded for seven runs in the fourth and four in the fifth to bury the Warriors.
Central pounded out 13 singles to ping the Warriors into submission. Cristina Insua had three of them and drove in two runs. Ashly Westgarth and winning pitcher Kristen Hall had two apiece, with Hall driving in three runs to help her own cause as she improved to 4-4 on the mound.
Courtney O’Byrne supplied two RBIs as all nine Lady Tigers tagged Sterling pitching for at least one hit.
CCC, however, couldn’t complete the sweep after leading 4-3 after 5 1/2 innings. Sterling scored a run in the sixth and another in the seventh to pull out the win and deny the Lady Tigers a big lift to their season. Insua pitched admirably, but two of the runs she allowed were unearned.
CCC had four hits, two by Dana Dean, one a double. She also scored two runs.
Central is now 7-13 and plays Friday at Central Baptist and Saturday at Oklahoma Wesleyan. These are MCAC doubleheader and the Lady Tigers are 2-0 in their only conference action.