HILLSBORO — Central Christian College’s baseball team put a scare into highly touted and No. 7-ranked Tabor College in the second game of a twinbill on Tuesday.
After Tabor stifled the Tigers 8-0 in the first game, the Bluejays needed two runs in the bottom of the eighth to rally for a 7-6 triumph to improve to 13-1 on the year as they’re expected to be the team to beat in the KCAC.
In the first game, the Tigers were held to one hit by three pitchers, with Manny DeLeon the winner as he gave up a double to Chance Carney for the only CCC safety in his four innings of work. The Bluejays scored three runs in the first, then reeled off five straight innings of one run each.
Keaton Snyder took the loss.
In Game 2, the Tigers had leads of 4-1 and 5-2 before the Bluejays realized they could be upset and got it going offensively.
Lee Stoops had a big game for the Tigers by going 3 for 4 with three RBIs, including a home run. Doug Gove, in relief of Andrew Hightower, took the loss.
Central is now 3-12 on the year and hosts Manhattan Christian on Friday. The teams then play Saturday in Manhattan.
Central (0) — Gorman 2-0-0-0, Eshelman 2-0-0-0, Carney 3-0-1-0, Stoops 3-0-0-0, Echnenique 2-0-0-0, Bauman 1-0-0-0, Marroquin 3-0-0-0, Barnhart 2-0-0-0, Penn 3-0-0-0, Cramer 1-0-0-0.
Central (6) — Cramer 2-1-0-0, Gorman 4-0-0-1, Carney 3-1-0-0, Stoops 4-1-3-3, Boedeker 0-1-0-0, Bauman 0-1-0-0, Eshelman 3-0-1-0, Lumley 3-0-0-0, Marroquin 0-0-0-1, Barnhart 3-1-1-0, Penn 2-0-0-0, Herbig 3-0-1-0.