CCC softball wraps up regular season
Central Community College - Columbus Softball wrapped up the regular season on Wednesday by splitting a double header with McCook Community College on the road.
The twinbill ended a 10-game road trip for the Raiders in which Central went 4-6 and finished the regular season 11-21.
During the first half of the double header on Wednesday, the Raiders were victorious 9-7.
The Raiders were down 3-0 entering the top of the sixth inning before hits by Tori Mullen, Alyssa Dockerty and Shelby Gerloff cut into the deficit 3-1.
Liberty Josoff joined the hit party drilling an RBI single.
Kaitlyn Kleinkeksel reached on an error as did Shelby Behnk tying the game at 3-3.
Taylor Griffith then hit into a fielder’s choice allowing Josoff to reach home, giving the Raiders a 4-3 lead.
Central’s defense then held strong and shut down McCook in the bottom of the inning.
The Raiders added to their lead in the top of the seventh.
Mullen was up first again and again reached on a single. Dockerty was aboard on a walk and Gerloff reached on error that allowed Mullen to score.
In the next at bat, Josof drove in Dockerty to give the Raiders a 6-3 lead.
After two pop outs, Kylee Bockman sealed the game with a three-run home run and a 9-3 advantage.
McCook answered with four runs in the bottom half and had the go-ahead run at the plate but two pop flys sandwiched around a walk ended the threat.
Mullen, Kylee Bockman, Josoff and Taylor Griffith all recorded two hits.
Ashten Gibson pitched all seven innings for the Raiders. She allowed six hits, walked four batters, struck out one and allowed seven runs.
McCook came back to win the next game 8-0 and split the double header.
Over the final eight games, Dockerty and Gerloff led Central in hits with 11 each.
Grace Townsend and Mullen both hit two home runs, Josoff tallied a team-high nine RBIs, Gerloff scored 10 runs and Jessica Svoboda had a batting average of .545.
Gibson pitched 22 and 1/3, starting four games.
In the final eight games of the regular season, Raider pitching allowed 72 hits, 74 runs, walked 35 batters and struck out 23. Six Central pitchers combined for an ERA of 5.98.
The Raiders will now prepare for the Region IX playoffs on May 4.
Central will compete in a best-of-three series and advance to the Region IX Championship on May 10 with a win.
A win in the Region IX Championship will land Central a spot in the District F Championship on May 15.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at email@example.com