Lady Tigers' softball bats explode in sweep

By Steve Sell
April 16, 2014

LAWRENCE — A doubleheader with Haskell was just what the struggling Central Christian College softball team needed on Tuesday.

The Lady Tigers’ dormant offense came alive, piling up 32 runs in a sweep of the Indians, 21-3 and 11-1. The sweep ended a six-game CCC losing streak.

In the first game, the Lady Tigers pounded out 19 hits, including four by Ashly Westgarth, three by Dana Dean, and two each by Sydney Nelson, Cristina Insua, Chandler Gerk and Desiree Yandell. Westgarth, Insua, Yandell and Kristen Hall all drove in three runs. Westgarth also scored five times to complete her tremendous game.

Hall was the winner, striking out five in five innings.

The offensive merry-go-round continued in the second game, with Dean, Brooklynn Lemons and Courtney O’Byrne all coming up with three hits. All of Dean’s hits were doubles and she drove in three runs, as did O’Byrne. Westgarth, Nelson and Yandell had two hits each.

Insua was the winner, whiffing seven in six innings.

“We played very well today, with great pitching from Kristen Hall in Game One and Cristina Insua in Game Two,” CCC coach Chad Kerr said. “We hit the ball well all day, played wonderful defense with only one error in both games, while also having really aggressive baserunning. We hadn't been playing well and this was two very nice conference road wins for us. Hopefully we can build on this in the last five doubleheaders of the year, which are all basically at home. It is a big thing that we totaled the last two years win total in just this one season."

The Lady Tigers are now 12-30 on the year and 5-11 in the MCAC. They have a big test this weekend as Oklahoma Wesleyan and Central Baptist come to town. The Tigers will play OKWU at 2 p.m. Friday, and then CBC at 1 p.m. on Saturday.