The Central Christian College baseball team opened up a three game home stand against the Panhandle State University Aggies on Thursday night with a single nine-inning game out at Tiger Stadium.
The Tigers (5-37, 3-18) came out on the short end of a slugfest to the Aggies (19-26, 9-12). There was a lot of offense, thanks to a stiff south wind, blowing straight out to left field. The Tigers and Aggies combined for 41 runs on 45 hits, with the Aggies outlasting the Tigers 22-19. The Tigers out hit the Aggies 25-20, but the Aggies had more big hits in key situations. There were seven home runs hit in the game, five of them by the visitors. The Tigers also didn't help themselves out on the defensive side, committing eight errors, leading to five unearned runs for the Aggies. Remove those five unearned runs, and the Tigers win the game 19-17.
Eleven of the thirteen Tigers that came to the plate, recorded a hit. Seven of those eleven, had multiple hits, led by Zachary Gingrich, who was a perfect 4-for-4 with three singles and a double. Andru Kemp also had nice night at the dish for the Tigers. He finished the night going 4-for-5, also with three singles and a double. He also scored two runs and drove in three more. The Tigers also had two home runs in the game, the first coming in the bottom of the first by leadoff hitter Christopher Sanchez. He took the third pitch he saw in the at bat, and parked it over the left-center field fence. It was his first home run in a Tiger uniform. The second home run of the night came in the third inning, another solo shot, this time by the designated hitter, JD Noey.
The Tigers used three pitchers in the loss. Landon Stevens got the start on the bump for the Tigers. He worked the first five innings, giving up 13 runs on ten hits, with five strikeouts and three walks. Bailey Jay came out of the pen in the sixth inning, allowing seven runs on six hits, in two innings of work. The Tigers tied the game at 13 in the bottom of the sixth with Jay still on the mound, but then gave up the lead again in the next half inning, saddling Jay with the loss. Aydan Rolph worked the final two innings of the game. He allowed just two runs on four hits, with one K and zero walks.
The Tigers and Aggies will square off again tomorrow afternoon in a doubleheader starting at 12:00 pm. Following the two games, the Tigers will honor their six seniors, Laramie Lumley, Cameron Bonds, Brian Marroquin, Chance Carney, Will Wild, and Andru Kemp.