ALLEN — Thanks in part to 26 runs scored over 14 innings, the Central Heights High School baseball team earned its first sweep of the season. The team topped Northern Heights in Allen Monday 11-4 and 15-14.
The Vikings scored all 11 of their runs of Game 1 in the first four innings, including two four-run frames in the top of the first and third.
The nightcap was a wild affair. Central Heights fell behind 4-2 before erupting for five runs in the top of the fourth inning. The Wildcats got one run back in the bottom of the frame and the score was 7-5 Vikings.
Central Heights scored one run in the top of the fifth, only to have Northern Heights get two in the ensuing half-inning. The Vikings then put up two runs in the top of the sixth and five runs in the top of the seventh to take a 15-7 lead into the final half-inning. The Wildcats came up one run short of a rally, scoring seven runs in the bottom of the seventh with no outs. Seth Burroughs came in for the save, and got the final three outs. Bryce Sommer picked up the win on the mound, tossing 4 1/3 innings.
Matt Cubit won Game 1 on the mound, tossing 4 2/3 innings, followed by Kyler Brotherton and Sommer. Brotherton was 6-9 at the plate with eight runs scored and five RBIs through both contests. He also had seven stolen bases. Burroughs was 9-11 with eight RBIs, three runs scored and seven stolen bases.
Central Heights (3-3) plays Friday in the Humboldt tournament. Its first game is set for 10 a.m. versus Humboldt.
ALLEN — Central Heights prep softball suffered two close road losses Monday. The team dropped both games of a road doubleheader at Northern Heights High School 4-3 and 10-5.
The Lady Vikings scored twice in the top of the sixth inning in Game 1 to make it a one-run game, but the rally fell short there. Seniors Lindsay Burson, Hannah Savage and Shelbi Hettinger accounted for all of the team’s offense in the first game. All three players were perfect at the plate. Burson went 4-4 with two runs scored. Savage was 2-2 with an RBI and a run scored, and Hettinger was 1-1.
Riley Roll, senior, struck out four and walked one over six innings pitched while allowed four runs on eight hits.
Central Heights out-hit its opponent 11-8 in the 10-5 loss in Game 2. The team struck out just four times in 33 at-bats in Game 2, compared to 10 times in 27 at-bats in Game 1.
Roll was 2-4 at the plate with two RBIs, a double and a triple in the second game. Savage was 2-3 with a pair of doubles, a run scored and an RBI. Hettinger was 3-4 with a double and a run scored.
“I tell the girls that hits are contagious,” Lea Stegner, CHHS head softball coach, said. “Now we just have to get the errors on the field under control.”
Central Heights (0-6) plays Friday in the Humboldt tournament.