• Keith Hjelle

Charger Girls Top W-G, 7-6, in Game of Momentum Shifts; Even Record at 4-4


This writer has witnessed hundreds of softball games over the years, but last night's come-from-behind 7-6 win by the Chargers was one of the best! Key defensive plays, pitching out of a bases loaded jam, dramatic home runs, momentum changes, a seventh inning rally--this game had it all!

The game settled in as a pitchers' dual between Ava Peterson of Woodard-Granger and the Chargers' Savana Fuller through the first four innings, as Woodward-Granger scored single runs in the first and third innings to take a 2-0 lead that stood up through the fourth.

In the Charger's fifth inning at bat, Savana Fuller and Jayden Carrick both singled to put runners on first and second with two outs. Freshman catcher Madelyn Kelsey then belted a three run home run over the left-centerfield fence to give ACGC a 3-2 lead.

In the top of the sixth inning W-G loaded the bases on two hits and a walk. Nobody out. Looked like it might be a big inning by the Hawks. Charger pitcher Savana Fuller would have none of it. She bore down to strike out two Hawk batters and retired the third out on a six to three ground ball to shortstop Reese Coffman. The Chargers had dodged a bullet. Momentum belonged to the home team.

But the momentum changed once again during the Hawk seventh inning at bat. After scoring a single run to tie the score at 3-3, the Hawks had two consecutive hits. Both runners advanced to second and third respectively on a wild pitch. W-G eighth grader Natalie Weaver then hit an outside pitch over the right field fence to give the Hawks a 6-3 lead. Momentum to Woodward-Granger.

Coffman opened the last Charger at bat with a walk, but was forced out at second on a Fuller

ground ball. With Fuller on first, Jayden Carrick delivered a single to center field. Kelsey reached safely on an error allowing Fuller to score to make the score 6-4. Genevieve Hoover then delivered a hit to right field that drove in two runs and tied the score at 6 apiece. Sierra O'Brien came through with a double, but pinch runner Jenna Andersen was tagged out on her way to third.

Two outs. O'Brien on second. Designated player Makayla Hoing at the plate. After a wild pitch advanced O'Brien to third, W-G decided to intentionally walk Hoing. Freshman Jorja Hoover cames to the plate. On a one and one count Hoover hit a ball that glanced off the pitcher's glove and the glove of the Hawk shortstop, allowing O'Brien to score. Game over! Chargers win 7-6!

An improbable outcome for the Chargers after trailing by three runs heading into the final at bat. An important win as well, as it snaps a four game losing streak and no doubt restores confidence. A job well done!

The Chargers had ten base hits on the game. Carrick, O'Brien, and Jorja Hoover each had two hits for the Charger, with Fuller, Kelsey, "G" Hoover, and Coffman having one each. Fuller went the distance in the circle, surrendering eight hits and and six runs, only one of which was earned. She walked two Hawk batters and fanned five.

With the win ACGC evens its season record at 4-4 heading into Thursday's double header at Earlham. First game is scheduled for 5:30.

Line score:

W-G 101 000 4--6 8 2

ACGC 000 030 4--7 10 3

Charger Box Score:

AB . R . H . RBI

SFuller 4 2 1 0

Carrick 3 2 2 0

Kelsey 4 1 1 3

GHoover 4 0 1 2

O'Brien 4 1 2 1

Hoing 2 0 0 0

JHoover 3 0 2 1

TFuller 3 0 0 0

Coffman 2 0 1 0

Stringer 0 1 0 0

Andersen 0 0 0 0


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