The Sterling College Baseball team made the trip up the road to play the Central Christian Baseball team in McPherson on Tuesday, April 10. The game was the first non-league matchup for the Warriors since a 7-4 victory, ironically, on the road against the McPherson Bulldogs. That win on March 17 had been the Warriors’ lone victory over a ten game stretch that included games against a currently ranked Friends Falcons team, as well as the Tabor Bluejays, another top tier team in this season’s KCAC standings.
The Warriors wasted little time getting going against the Tigers of Central Christian. The score was 6-0 Sterling before the Tigers even had a chance to hit in the home half of the first inning. Senior shortstop Corey Davis Jr. scored the first of the six early runs for the Warriors. Davis Jr. also stole a base later in the game. The Warriors got huge efforts from senior outfielder Tobias Culpepper and junior catcher Miguel Velasquez. Both men ran home twice in the game, with Velasquez holding a narrow 6-5 edge in the runs batted in category. Sterling never faced a deficit in the game.
Between innings two through four, Central Christian scored their only two runs of the game, as the Warriors still outscored the Tigers 4-2 during those innings. Nine of the 15 Warriors who had a plate appearance reached base and drove in at least one run. After five innings, the Sterling lead had sizzled to 12-2. In the top of the seventh inning, the Warrior offense exploded for eight more runs to effectively end the game. It was called at the end of seven. The quartet of senior Ryan Sedillo, junior AJ Romer, senior Kaleb Wersland, and junior Jeremiah Crawford all doubled in the convincing Warriors victory.
Defensively, the Warriors received a superb performance from freshman right-handed pitcher Tyler Pfeiffer who gave up two runs. With the win, Sterling College baseball improved its record to 14-23 and 10-13 away from their stadium. The Warriors will be back in action this Friday, April 13, back on the road against the Bethany Swedes.