The Central Christian College softball team is back in action this weekend participating in the first MCAC crossover tournament of the season.
Because the MCAC is so spread out, all the schools are meeting in McPherson this weekend to play each other. Teams from the South will be playing each of the northern schools. They will do it all again April 11-12 in Omaha in the second MCAC crossover tournament. All of the games will be played at Wall Park, and will begin at 3:00 on Friday.
The Lady Tigers will be playing each of the northern schools beginning with Waldorf College. The Tigers and Warriors will duke it out on Hess Field at 3:00 pm. In the 5:30 game, the Tigers will be playing on Miller Field against Bellevue University. On Saturday the action begins at 10 a.m., with the second game to follow at 12:30. The Tigers will take on College of St. Mary in the opener on Eickbush Field, and will finish up with York College at 12:30 on Lehmberg Field.
The Lady Tigers come into the weekend with a 7 -17 record and a 2-4 mark in the MCAC. They swept the first two games of the conference season over Haskell, but were then held scoreless in four games against Central Baptist and Oklahoma Wesleyan last weekend. They come into this weekend as a team batting .325 on the year and have a slugging percentage of .414. Cristina Insua and Kristen Hall, the Tigers two starting pitchers also have the best batting averages on the team. Insua is hitting .444 and Hall is right behind her at .422.
On the pitching mound Hall has the lower ERA at 4.27 though Insua is close second at 4.37 and leads the team in innings pitched at 57.2 and Hall leads the team in strikeouts at 35 and has the fewest walks allowed with eight. The biggest struggle for the Tigers early in the season has been getting runners across home plate once they have reached base safely. The Tiger offense has left 144 runners stranded on base so far this year. Consequently, they have been outscored by their opponents 170-115.
Meanwhile, the CCC baseball team is back home today and tomorrow for a four-game conference series with College of the Ozarks. All four games will be played at Light Capital Diamond. Both doubleheaders will begin at noon. Each doubleheader will start with a nine-inning game followed by a seven-inning game.
The Tigers are 15-18 on the year and are coming off of a 13-5 loss on Wednesday night against Sterling College. They opened up MCAC play last weekend at home against York College. The Tigers stole one of the four games from the MCAC powerhouse and are now 1-3 in MCAC games. After 33 games, the Tigers have scored 162 runs on 261 hits in 957 at bats. Their team batting average is hovering at .273 and their slugging percentage is at .344. Drew Schiesser and Lee Stoops lead the Tiger hitters. Schiesser is hitting .359, and Stoops is a .333.
College of the Ozarks comes into the weekend at 12-17 overall, and 1-7 in conference play.