Resuming the winner-take-all that was called in the eighth inning last night due to darkness, Central Baptist College softball looked to advance to the NCCAA World Series for the first time since 2013 with a win over Mid-America Christian.
Allison Seats’ 10th inning home run was the final run the Mustangs (37-19) needed to defeat the Evangels (39-20) and accomplish their goal, winning 9-8.
Rachel Gregory got the win for CBC, starting the game and then re-entering it later. Seats hit a pair of home runs, one Wednesday and one Thursday, while CBC also got homers from Hunter Clark and Brianna Nunn.
Gregory re-entered the game in the eighth and, after CBC failed to score in the top half, kept MACU off the board despite allowing two singles. It was after that point that the game was suspended due to darkness.
The game resumed this morning in the top of the ninth with the Mustangs failing to score in their half and Gregory setting the Evangels down in order, setting the stage for Seats’ heroics in the 10th.
With one out in the inning, Seats hit a long home run, her 17th, to give CBC a 9-8 lead and the opportunity to close out the game and head to Virginia.
Gregory made the final inning interesting, allowing the first two batters to reach before buckling down and retiring the final three batters she faced in order to secure the Championship.
Gregory threw six innings, allowing five hits and two runs with four strikeouts.
Next up for CBC is a trip to the NCCAA World Series at the Botetourt Sports Complex in Troutville, Virginia, from May 16 through 18.
Looking to avoid elimination and survive another day in the NCCAA Central Regional, Central Baptist College baseball played the Patriots of Arlington Baptist University.
CBC (28-29) got plenty of offense and a dominant start from Ben Madison to comfortably beat ABU, 7-0.
Madison threw a complete game, earning the victory by allowing just one hit and two walks while striking out 12.
Brett Luna homered again, his third home run of the regional and 12th of the season, tying Austin Kuchinski for the team lead, while every Mustang starter had at least one hit.
CBC scored a single run in both the second and the third inning before notching a pair of runs in the fourth and three in the seventh for the final total.
Kuchinski, Jamal Washington, Trae BoBo, Charley Harber and Jay French all drove in runs for the Mustangs as CBC put the game on cruise control late.
Central Baptist College volleyball announced another new member of the signing class for 2018. Whitney Lockard signed with CBC.
Lockard, from Maumelle, is a 5-9 outside hitter and defensive specialist who played homeschool volleyball and for the club team Fatchmo Juniors.