- Keith Hjelle
Charger Softball Opens With 13-2 Win Over Audubon; Hit Three Home Runs
The long ball was good to the ACGC softball team last night, as they knocked three out of the park and went on to beat Audubon in the season opener 13-2 on the Wheeler home field. Savannah Fuller, Mady Kelsey, and Jaden Carrick all hit round trippers for the Chargers, accounting for five of the Charger runs and helping the team to win by the ten run rule after six innings.
The game didn't start out well for ACGC as Audubon scored two unearned runs in its first at bat, thanks to two Charger errors. But once the they got over the first game jitters, the game belonged to the Chargers. They played errorless ball after that, got a solid performance from Savana Fuller in the pitching circle, and totaled thirteen hits for the game.
ACGC scored the first run of the game, as Fuller singled to start the game and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Genevieve "G" Hoover. After Audubon's two run first inning, the score remained 2-1 going into the third inning. The Chargers managed two runs in that inning to take a 3-2 lead. Kelsey, "G", and Jorja Hoover all had hits in the inning with "G's double and Jorja's single accounting for two RBI.
The Chargers broke the game open in the fourth, as they tallied four runs on three hits and a walk. Fuller, "G", and Carrick all had hits with Carrick driving in two runs with a home run. Fuller's single to center field was misplayed by the center fielder and allowed Fuller to circle the bases with Kennedy Young ahead of her. The public address announcer called the hit a home run, but it was actually a hit and a three base error that allowed the fleet footed Fuller to cross home plate. By the end of the inning ACGC had a commanding 7-2 lead.
The bats stayed hot in the fifth inning with ACGC getting three hits, including home runs by Fuller and Kelsey to account for four more runs and giving the Chargers an 11-2 lead. The sixth inning saw the Chargers net two more runs on two hits and two bases on balls to give them a 13-2 lead and end the game early when Audubon failed to score in its at bat.
Four Chargers had multiple hits, with Fuller totaling four, Jorja Hoover three, and Kelsey and "G" Hoover adding two each. Fuller turned in a stellar pitching performance, as she gave up just two hits and no earned runs, struck out eight Wheelers and walked none.
It was a good way to start the season for ACGC and a good warm up as they head into WCAC play beginning tonight when they face West Central Vally on the home diamond. A junior varsity game will begin at 5:30 with the varsity scheduled to play at 7 :00.
ACGC 102 442--13 13 2
Audubon 200 000-- 2 2 3
Charger Box Score
AB R H RBI
S. Fuller 5 3 4 2
O'Brien 4 1 0 0
Kelsey 5 1 2 2
T. Fuller 0 1 0 0
G. Hoover 3 2 2 2
Carrick 3 2 1 2
Hoing 3 1 1 0
J. Hoover 4 1 3 1
Coffman 3 0 0 0
Ken, Young 1 1 0 0
Ky. Young 1 0 0 0