The College of the Ozarks Bobcats gave their fans plenty to cheer about on Tuesday, as they picked up two wins over Southwestern Christian University (OK) during the Bobcats’ last homestand of the regular season. There was a great crowd on hand, as the Bobcats celebrated Senior Day & Parent Day, along with a special Baseball 4 Heroes tribute to Vietnam Veterans.
The Bobcats’ took the field ready to play, as they scored runs in each of the first 5 innings of the game and posted 9 hits to defeat the Southwestern Christian University Eagles by a score of 8-1. MCAC Pitcher of the Week Josh Neufeld garnered the win, pitching 4 innings and giving up only one run on 2 hits. Trevor Bowling went 1-1 at the plate, and Timmy Townsend and Tyler Marion were both 2–for-3 to lead the Cats. Devora, Hull and Teal each drove in 2 runs. En route to picking up the victory, the Bobcats produced 4 doubles and 8 stolen bases. The losing pitcher for SWCU was Jake Hooper.
Game two saw the Bobcats post one run in the first and 6 in the third to take a 7-0 lead through the end of 5 innings. Southwestern rallied to put 4 runs on the board in the top of the 6th, but the Bobcats held them off from further scoring and posted a 7-4 win. David Zamora picked up the win, pitching 3.2 innings, giving up only 2 hits. Myers closed out the third, and the remaining innings found Marion, Reaves and Bohannan each completing one inning on the mound. At the plate, the Bobcats' leading hitters were Trevor Bowling (3 for 4 with 1 RBI), Landon Teal (1 for 1 with an RBI), and Cody Pentecost (1-2 with 2 runs scored). College of the Ozarks turned 3 double plays and stole 3 bases in the contest. Zack Gonzales took the loss for Southwestern.
Between games, the College recognized Senior athletes Eddy Devora, Landon Jarrett, Tyler Lopez, Malachi Melton, Timmy Townsend, and David Zamora. The College also honored Vietnam Veterans in attendance as part of the Bobcats 4 Heroes program, thanking them for their service. College of the Ozarks’ own Lt. Colonel James Schreffler, recently returned from service in Afghanistan, was present to welcome the veterans and express the College’s thanks for their service. The first pitch was thrown out by Vietnam Veteran and College of the Ozarks’ employee Lynn Behrends. Vietnam Veterans and their families were provided with a commemorative t-shirt, popcorn, soda, and a picnic meal to celebrate the event.