- Keith Hjelle
Baseball Team Falls to W-G Despite Scoring Eight Runs
The ACGC baseball team put up eight runs on the scoreboard Tuesday night, but it wasn't enough as the team lost to Woodward-Granger by a 12-8 score on the Charger home field.
The Charger struck first, putting three runs on the scoreboard in its first at bat, only to have the Hawks counter with four runs in the second inning to take a 4-3 lead that they would not surrender.
The Chargers stayed close through three innings trailing by a 5-4 score, but W-G scored two in the fourth inning and five in the fifth to extend its lead to 12-4. In its last two at bats the Charger scored twice to close the gap to 12-8, but that is as close as the locals could get.
Coach Dana Fink had this to say following the game, "If we could eliminate most of our mistakes, we could win some of these games. I think we are getting there." Of the twelve runs scored by the Hawks, eleven were earned, an indication that the Charger fielding is improving.
One statistic stands out: The Charger drew fifteen bases on balls, a remarkably high number of free passes. Caden Wardyn drew four himself and Will Byars drew three.
The large number of walks meant that ACGC did not have as many opportunities for base hits, reflected in the fact that the Chargers had just six hits--all singles--for the game. Six different Chargers each had one hit--Quenton Spack, Bryce Littler, Wardyn, Ben Kingery, Owen Hansen, and Garrett Walhovd. Hansen led the the in runs batted in with three.
Littler, Kingery, and Spack shared pitching responsibilities with Littler going the first three innings. He gave up seven hits and five runs, while striking out one and walking three. Kingery relieved in the middle innings, going two and a third innings, giving up one hit, and an earned run. He struck out one Hawk batter and walked two. Spack closed out the game, as he pitched the final inning and a third. He gave up six runs on four hits, while issuing two walks and striking out no one.
The loss drops the team's record to 0-8, 0-6 in the WCAC. The Chargers have an opportunity to pick up a win or two at Earlham tonight when they face the Cardinals in a doubleheader beginning at 5 PM.
W-G 041 250 0--12 12 2
ACGC 301 002 2-- 2 6 2
Charger Box Score:
AB . R . H . RBI
Spack 4 1 1 1
Littler 3 2 1 0
Wardyn 1 2 1 0
Kingery 5 1 1 1
Byars 1 1 0 0
Hansen 4 0 1 3
Walhovd 2 0 1 1
Brincks 2 0 0 1
Schiller 2 0 0 0
Nelson 0 0 0 0
Ure 1 0 0 0
Wheatley 1 0 0 0
Rumelhart 0 1 0 0