- Keith Hjelle
Charger Softball Suffers Two One Run Losses to Madrid in Doubleheader
If ever there was a team that experienced two heartbreaking doubleheader losses, it was the ACGC softball team which fell to Madrid last night 9-8 in nine innings and 6-5 in the bottom of the seventh inning on a close call at the plate.
In the first game Madrid struck first with a single run in the opening frame. The Tigers padded their lead in the top of the third with two runs on four hits, and a sacrifice fly After going scoreless through the first two innings, the third inning saw the Chargers score four runs thanks to a single by Savana Fuller, an on by error by Jayden Carrick, and back to back home runs by Maddi Kelsey and Genevieve "G" Hoover. The rally gave the Chargers a 4-3 lead after three innings.
Madrid added a run in the fourth and four more in the fifth to take an 8-4 lead. In its fifth inning at bat the Chargers responded with a four run inning to knot the score at 8-8. After a walk to Kelsey to open the inning, "G" followed with a single to center, and Carrick and Makayla Hoing both reached safely on Tiger errors. resulting in two Charger runs. Jorga Hoover then drove in a run on a ground out, and Madison Berger tied the game at 8-8 with an RBI single.
The score remained tied at eight apiece through eight frames when Madrid scored what proved to be the winning run on a triple and a single. In ACGC's final at bat, the Chargers were retired in order to end the game with the final score of 9-8 in favor of Madrid.
The Chargers managed seven hits, but none beyond the fifth inning. Savana Fuller and "G" Hoover each had two hits for ACGC, Kelsey hit her round tripper, and Hoing and Berger added a single each.
Fuller and Jorga Hover shared the pitching duties, with Fuller in the circle for the first three innings and the last four. She gave up four runs on eleven hits, while striking out three and walking none. She was tagged with the loss. Hoover surrendered five runs on eight hits in two innings of work, while walking one and striking out no Tigers.
Obviously the second game was another nip and tuck affair. Madrid was considered the home team in the second game and opened the scoring in the first inning on a single, a stolen base, an infield ground out and a wild pitch. The Chargers tied the score at 1-1 in the second inning when "G" doubled to left and Hoing drove her in with a single to center filed.
After Madrid scored a single run in the third inning, the Chargers took the lead at 3-2 in the top of the fourth when Jorga Hoover was hit by a pitch, Tori Fuller reached safely on a fielder's choice, and both scored when the Madrid shortstop booted a ball hit by Reese Coffman. Madrid tied it once again at 3-3 in the bottom of the fourth on two hits.
The Tigers then added two in the fifth on an error by ACGC and a home run by first base person Morgan Bruns. The Chargers responded in its sixth inning at bat by tying the score once again at 5-5. Consecutive doubles by Sierra O'Brien and Hoing, followed by a single by Reese Coffman, tied it up once again.
The Chargers went down in order in the top of the seventh, only to see Madrid put runners on second and third with one out in the bottom half of the inning. A ground ball by Madrid's Erica Bruns was fielded by "G" at third base. She checked the runner at third, and fired to Carrick at first to retire Bruns. Carrick then threw to Kelsey at the plate who put the tag on Tiger Courtney Wilson coming in from third base. It was a bang-bang play. When the dust settled, home plate umpire Jack Burns called Wilson safe, claiming that Kelsey had failed to tag Wilson. Madrid had prevailed and the Chargers suffered their second heartbreak of the day.
Each team had eight hits, with Makayla Hoing leading the Charger attack with three hits, including two doubles. Kelsy, 'G", and O'Brien all contributed doubles, while Carrick and Coffman each singled. Both teams played well in the field, as each committed only one error.
Savana Fuller and Jorja Hoover again shared pitching duties, with Hoover going the first three innings and Fuller going the last four. Hoover gave up two runs on four hits. She had two strikeouts and walked none. Fuller took the loss once again, giving up four runs on four hits, while striking out one Madrid batter and walking two.
The losses even the team's season record at 3-3 overall and at 2-2 in the WCAC. Next up is a Saturday tournament at Atlantic, with the first game scheduled for 10 AM.
First game line score: Second game line score:
Madrid 102 140 001--9 19 5 ACGC 010 202 0--5 8 1
ACGC 004 040 000--8 7 4 Madrid 101 120 1--6 0 1
Charger Box Score: Charger Box Score:
AB R . H . RBI AB R H RBI
SFuller 4 1 2 0 SFuller 4 0 0 0
O'Brien 4 1 0 0 Carrick 4 0 1 0
Kelsey 4 1 1 2 Kelsey 4 0 1 0
GHoover 5 2 2 1 GHoover 4 1 1 0
Carrick 5 1 0 0 O"Brien 3 1 1 0
Hoing 5 1 1 0 Hoing 3 1 3 2
JHoover 3 0 0 1 JHoover 1 1 0 0
Berger 4 0 1 2 TFuller 3 1 0 0
Coffman 3 0 0 0 Coffman 3 0 1 1
KyYoung 0 1 1 1 KyYoung 0 0 0 0