Indians finish wild west trip

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. – One day after McCook Community College and Western Nebraska combined for 30 runs and 33 hits on one game, the two teams combined for 10 runs in two games and split Sunday’s doubleheader.

The Indians won the first game 4-2 while the Cougars won the second game 3-1.

MCC falls to 15-36 with five games left on the schedule.

The Indians will host Northeast Junior College in a doubleheader Wednesday starting at 2 p.m.

It will be the final home contest of the year.

The final road trip for the Tribe will be in Lamar, Colo., with a game on Saturday and a season-ending doubleheader Sunday.

GAME 1: McCook CC 4, Western Nebraska CC 2: Western Nebraska picked where they left off on Saturday by taking a 1-0 lead with an unearned run on a fielder’s choice, but the Indians clamped down defensively and on the mound.

Sophomore starting pitcher Tyler Cox (Mississauga, Ontario) kept the Indians in the game tossing three shutout innings before MCC scored in the top of the fifth to take a 3-1 lead on a two-out rally.

Julio Seperich (Las, Vegas Nevada) singled, advanced to second on a Tanner Zeggil (Stagner, Ontario) walk, and scored the tying run on a Jake Sanford (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia) single.

Michael Sookdeo (Brampton, Ontario) followed with a two-run double scoring Zeggil and Sanford.

Western scored a run in the bottom of the sixth inning but the Indians got it back in the top of the seventh. Seperich was hit by a pitch and scored on a two-out single by Sookdeo.

After surrendering a leadoff double in the bottom of the inning, Cox struck out the next two hitters and induced a game-ending flyout with Western’s cleanup hitter – Jonathan Bermedez -- at the plate.

Cox went the distance,limiting the Cougars to six hits and one earned run in his seven innings of work. He walked three and struck out six.

GAME 1: Western Nebraska CC 3, McCook CC 1: The Indians came out with a run in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. After a Cougar error and a Sanford walk, Sookdeo put the Indians on top with an RBI single.

Western Nebraska countered with a run in the bottom of the inning to tie the game and took the lead with two runs in the second. Neither team scored for the remainder of the game.

Freshman Jacob Lombardelli (Windsor, Colo.) took the loss for MCC allowing five hits and three runs while striking out nine and walking one.

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