The College of the Ozarks improved their season (15-15) and conference (7-7) records to .500 on Friday when they defeated Central Christian College in both games of a double header, 8-3 and 1-0.
The College of the Ozarks Bobcats took game one by an 8-3 score, posting six of their runs in the first two innings and tacking on 2 insurance runs in the 7th, garnering 8 runs on 11 hits and four CCU errors. Ozarks’ left hander Josh Neufeld picked up his fifth win of the season, pitching six scoreless innings and giving up two hits and six walks alongside seven strikeouts. Caleb Rowold pitched the 7th and 8th, while Jason Myers closed out the 9th. Leading the Bobcats at the plate were Cody Hull (3-for-3, 1 run scored, 1 RBI), Cody Pentecost and Tyler Whiteis (both 2-for-4) and Landon Teal (1-for-2).
Game two saw the Bobcats and Tigers knotted up in a scoreless battle going into the bottom of the seventh. With one out, Jesse Fisher smacked a double to right center. Tyler Whiteis was intentionally walked, and Winston Rasmussen came to the plate. With a 1-2 count, a wild pitch moved the runners to second and third base. Rasmussen made contact on the next pitch and hit the ball to the shortstop, Gorman, who was playing in to protect the plate—but he couldn’t handle the ball, and Fisher scored in exciting fashion to give the Bobcats a 1-0 victory. College of the Ozarks’ Christian Vonderheide pitched six scoreless innings, giving up 3 hits and 2 walks, while posting 7 strikeouts. Jason Myers pitched the seventh and secured the win (0 hits, 0 walks, 2 strikeouts).
It was a big day for the Bobcats, who were celebrating both Senior Day and Parents Day, while playing their first home game of the season due to weather and field conditions.
The two teams will play again on Saturday afternoon, as the Bobcats, Christian Psychology Club and PEMM Club host Bobcat Baseball for Heroes Day, where community firefighters and emergency medical service members will be honored. Game one begins at Noon, and recognition of local firefighters and EMS personnel will take place at approximately 2:45 PM, prior to the start of game two.
Pictured: Ozarks’ Josh Neufeld pitching in Game 1