Baseball swept by Crowley’s Ridge

PARAGOULD — Beginning a five-game road trip to end the regular season today, Central Baptist College baseball was at Pioneer Park this afternoon to take on the Pioneers of Crowley’s Ridge College. CBC (24-24) got their offense rolling in game one, losing on a walk-off 12-11 before the offense went quiet in game two in a 5-2 loss to CRC (18-24).

Jay French got close to history in the doubleheader, combining to go 4-7 in the two games. The four hits give him 221 for his career, one shy of the record of Austin Kuchinski (222).


The Mustangs jumped on the Pioneers early, scoring four in the first on an RBI double by Logan Easterling, a bases loaded walk to Wille Baez, a fielder’s choice and a single from Austin Teal to make it 4-0. The Pioneers would tie the game in the bottom half before another RBI by Easterling made it 5-4 in the second. CRC would then put five runs up in the inning and lead 9-5 after two. The Mustangs would respond with five in the fourth to take a 10-9 lead. Ruben Hernandez started the scoring with an RBI single, and Gabe Walker followed him with a two-run single to cut the deficit to 9-8. Graham Dykes then tied the game at nine with another single and Teal would give CBC the lead on a sac fly. French added to the lead, making it 11-9 in the fifth with an inside the park home run for his eighth homer of the season. Unfortunately, Austin LeJeune was unable to hold the lead, allowing three in the seventh to end the game. LeJeune picked up the loss, allowing three runs on five hits in 1.2 innings with a pair of strikeouts.