Tigers nip Bulldogs in dramatic fashion

By Steve Sell
April 09, 2014
Amanda Berggren

There is now officially a baseball rivalry between Central Christian College and McPherson College.

The Tigers scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning Tuesday at Light Capital Diamond to come away with an 11-9 victory.

It was a wild game, as CCC shocked the Bulldogs by blowing out to a 9-0 lead after 4 1/2 innings.

The Bulldogs, however, came roaring back. They scored six times in the fifth and three in the sixth to knot the game at 9-all.

After the calm of a pair of scoreless innings, the Tigers staged their winning surge, with Tyler Gniadek driving in Masaki Yamashita with what proved to be the winning run. Pinch-runner Stephen Boedeker then scored an insurance run when Martin Guevara’s bouncer was mishandled.

The Bulldogs had the makings of a rally in the bottom of the ninth by getting their first two runners on. But Robert Hawkins nailed it down as the Tigers improved to 20-23 on the year.

The Tigers had 11 hits in the game, including a homer by Zane Howard. He was 3 for 5 with three RBIs, while Guevara and Yamashita had two hits apiece. Daniel Padilla added two RBIs.

Zach Wilson drove in three runs for Mac. Austin Russell, Tom Potter, Jose Nossa, Andrew Pina and Taylor Werts all had two hits as the Bulldogs pounded out 15 in the game. Nichoas Campos was the winner and Brant Rhoades took the loss.

“It was a good win for us tonight,” CCC coach Justin Cunningham said. “It could have been easy for our guys to cave in after blowing a nine-run lead, but they showed a lot of resilience. I am proud of our seniors who came up big for us in the big moments."

The Tigers have reached 20 wins for the first time since 2010. They have no bargain this weekend when they travel to Central Baptist of Conway, Ark. for a four-game series.

Mac is now 12-23 and hosts Friends on Friday.