The Central Baptist College Lady Mustang softball team got a series of strong pitching performances and offensive outbursts to sweep four game in the NAIA tourney they hosted last weekend at the City of Colleges Park.
CBC followed two dominating victories Friday to beat Bellevue (Neb.) 11-1 in Game 1 and William Jewell (Mo.) 9-0 in Game 2 to improve to 12-0 on the year.
Against Bellevue, CBC pitcher Jessica Bock allowed only one run on three hits and struck out seven Bellevue hitters to improve to 6-0 on the year. Freshman Meagan Youngblood worked the fifth inning and allowed no runs in the shortened game due to the run rule. The Lady Mustangs scored 11 runs on 10 hits, with home runs from Shannon Pickard, Kayla Lucas and Christen Kirchner. Going back to Friday’s games, Shannon Pickard homered in four straight at bats. Carly McLennan also added two hits for CBC.
In Game 2 vs. William Jewell, pitcher Casey Hammons, coming off a perfect game on Friday, kept her scoreless inning streak alive and only allowed one hit and struck out 11 William Jewell batters on her way to a 6-0 start as well.
Hammons has not allowed an earned run all season and has not allowed a run in her last five starts. Christen Kirchner led off the game with a home run for the fourth time the year, and that was the jumpstart the Lady Mustangs would need as they went on to score nine runs on 11 hits. Sam Baker also homered for the Lady Mustangs. CBC got two hits from Cassie Martin, Hailey King, Shannon Pickard and Kayla Ford to add to the offense. CBC has homered 25 times in 12 games this year.
The Lady Mustangs next games will host the second of their two NAIA tournaments this weekend at City of Colleges Park with 12 more teams. CBC will play Mid Continent (Ky.) at 4 p.m. Friday, Lambuth (Tenn.) at 6 p.m. Friday, Baker (Kan.) at noon on Saturday and Northwood (Teas) at 2 p.m. Saturday.
The Lady Mustangs got strong pitching performances from Hammons (perfect game) and Bock and hit 10 home runs in two games in victories over Avila, Kan. (11-0) and Culver-Stockton (Mo.) 13-0 on the opening day.
Bock threw a one-hitter and struck out nine to improve to 5-0 and shut down the Avila hitters by striking out nine batters and not walking any batters in five innings of work to improve to 5-0. The Lady Mustangs pounded out 13 hits and scored 11 runs. Kayla Lucas, Baker and Carly McLennan all homered in the game for the Lady Mustangs. Lucas was 3-for-3, Hailey King and Shannon Pickard were both 2-for-3 in the game.
Hammonds pitched a perfect game against Culver Stockton to also go to 5-0.
The Lady Mustangs started the game with Back to back to back homeruns in the bottom of the first inning by Christen Kirchner, Martin and Lucas. The Lady Mustangs would go on to hit seven homeruns in the game and score 13 runs in the run-rule shortened five-inning game. Shannon Pickard hit 3 homeruns in all three of her at-bats and Martin hit two home runs.