Softball splits doubleheader with Evangel

Springfield, Mo. – With weather wreaking havoc on spring sports schedules, Central Baptist College softball took on the Valor of Evangel University Feb. 20 in a doubleheader at University Stadium that was originally scheduled for Feb. 17 at City of Colleges Park. CBC (5-8) split the doubleheader, taking game one 7-1 before dropping game two 11-5 to EU (5-1).


The Mustangs capitalized quickly in the first inning thanks to a walk, a sacrifice and an infield single which were followed by a three-run blast from Allison Wagle, her sixth of the season, to make it 3-0 after one. That was all the cushion that starter Averie Ayers needed in the circle, as she allowed only one run on a homer in the second. CBC would take on two more runs in the fourth on errors and two more in the sixth on a fielder’s choice and a sac fly. Ayers earned her second win, throwing a complete game and allowing just four hits with a walk and three Ks. Savannah Sanford also had three hits in the contest while Heather Hoffman added two.


All of the runs in the second game were scored in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings. CBC scored two in the second on an RBI single by Ysabella Esquivel and a sac fly from Jordan Frederic. Evangel would tie the game in the bottom half before the Mustangs retook the lead in the third with an RBI sac bunt by Maddie Thompson and a double by Wagle to make it 4-2. Evangel would lead 6-4 after three and Katie Smith pushed the final run across for the Mustangs in the fourth with a single to make it 6-5. Four by the Valor in the fourth and one in the fifth rounded out the scoring. Hannah Work started and got the loss, throwing three innings and allowing seven hits and seven runs (six earned) with two walks and a strikeout. Alex Jeter pitched the final three innings, allowing five hits and four runs (three earned) with two walks and two strikeouts.


CBC moved their Feb. 25 matchup with Bethel of Tennessee up two days to Thursday, Feb. 23. The first pitch will be at 1 p.m. today in McKenzie, Tenn.