Mac sweeps CCC in city softball showdown

By Steve Sell
April 24, 2014
McPherson College Sports Information

After McPherson College’s softball team broke Central Christian College’s heart on Wednesday in the first game of two, the Bulldogs stomped on it in the second game.

The Bulldogs scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning of the first game to tie the Lady Tigers at 4-all, then scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth for a walk-off 5-4 victory.

That took the steam out of the rivalry, as the Bulldogs romped to a 12-0 second-game victory to complete the sweep.

The first game was a pitching duel for four innings as Mac’s Kaila Atkinson and CCC’s Kristen Hall tossed zeroes.

Central drove Atkinson out of the game in the fifth with three runs as Ciara Archer came on in relief.

Hall gave up a run in the sixth, but still took a 3-1 lead in the seventh when the Bulldogs scored twice to send the game into extras on a two-run single by McKenzie Frank.

In the bottom of the ninth, McKenna Deckard was on second base when Whitney Miller bunted. The throw to first was wild, scoring Deckard.

Both teams put the ball in play despite the low score. Mac’s Emily Davis was 3 for 4, while Jenna Kaiser added two hits. Mariah Wedel scored two runs.

Cristina Insua was 3 for 4 for the Lady Tigers, who pounded out 12 hits but left a small village on base. Ashly Westgarth added two hits.

Central could never recover from the heartbreak as Mac stormed to the five-inning win in the second game behind Archer, who threw a three-hit shutout, walking none and fanning three.

Deckard was 3 for 3 with a homer and three runs scored. Cassandra Moreno hit a three-run homer and Simone Donaldson also homered, good for three RBIs. Ariel McGee had two hits and two runs scored and Kaiser drove in two runs.

Insua had two hits for the Lady Tigers. Hall took the loss.

McPherson College improved to 16-21 on the season and its next action is May 1-2 in the KCAC Tournament at Great Bend. The Bulldogs, the No. 7 seed, play Ottawa at 2 p.m. on May 1.

The Lady Tigers are now 14-34 and are home for four games beginning Friday. They host Friends and Langston, then entertain St. Mary for a twinbill on Saturday.