OKLAHOMA CITY — Central Christian College’s softball team opened the Tina Haga era on Thursday with a pair of losses to Mid-America Christian.
Mid-America won the opener 10-2 and then swept the day with a come-from-behind 5-4 second-game triumph.
"Overall I feel we did OK today for our opening doubleheader against a very good team," Haga said. "First-game pitching and defense was strong, but we were timid at the plate. Second-game pitching was very strong. With exception of a couple defensive miscues and leaving eight runners on base, we played much better. The fact that we were in the second game from start to finish and only losing by one run is a great baseline for us moving forward."
Mid-America jumped on Central in the first game, scoring seven runs in the first two innings before the Lady Tigers settled down.
The offense for Central was all Cristina Insua, who homered and singled, good for two RBIs. Kasi Kraus had the other Lady Tiger hit and also took the loss on the mound.
The second-game loss was gut-wrenching. The Lady Tigers scored three runs in the top of the seventh to take a 4-3 lead, but Mid-America scored two in the bottom of the inning for the win.
CCC’s Cheyenne Reynolds had a big game from her leadoff spot with a 3-for-4 performance. Insua and Ashly Westgarth added two hits apiece and Sydney Nelson drove in two runs.
Kristen Hall took the loss though she pitched well.
Central is supposed to play Saturday at Bethel College, but weather figures to postpone it.
CCC (2) — Jacques 2-0-0-0, Lemons 2-0-0-0, Westgarth 2-0-0-0, Nelson 1-1-0-0, Hall 2-0-0-0, Insua 2-1-2-2, Martin 2-0-0-0, Kraus 2-0-1-0, Gerk 1-0-0-0, Reynolds 1-0-0-0.
CCC (4) — Reynolds 4-2-3-0, Dean 2-1-0-0, Westgarth 4-1-2-1, Nelson 4-0-1-2, Hall 4-0-1-1, Insua 4-0-2-0, Kraus 2-0-0-0, Martin 1-0-1-0, Hildebrant 2-0-0-0, Lemons 1-0-0-0, Yandell 2-0-0-0, Baker 1-0-0-0.