• Keith Hjelle

ACGC Baseball Team Sweeps Woodward Academy in Double Header, 10-0, 13-3; Wardyn Tosses No Hitter


The Charger baseball team wrapped up WCAC play with two dominant wins over Woodward Academy yesterday, 10-0 in five innings and 13-3 in a game that went the full seven innings.

Caden Wardyn pitched a masterful game in the opener as he not only tossed a no hitter, but struck out eleven of the twelve outs over the four innings he pitched. The game was a continuation of a game rained out earlier in the season. Will Byars started that game and pitched one inning of no hit ball. So, it was the the combination of Byars and Wardyn that is credited for the no hitter.

The Chargers opened the scoring in their first at bat when Garrett Walhovd singled to right field and advanced to second on an error. He stole third base and was driven in on a single by Reid Rumelhart. Charlie Crawford scored the second Charger run in the second inning when he pinch ran for Owen Hansen who got on by error. Crawford stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on Michael Ure's ground out.

A huge fourth inning by the Chargers in which they scored six runs made it 8-0. After Rumelhart and Byars both walked, and stole bases to move them to third and second base respectively, Hansen's ground out drove in one run. Four consecutive walks to ACGC batters, several wild pitches, an RBI ground out, and the lone hit in the inning by Quenton Spack accounted for the rest of the runs in the inning.

The Chargers ended the game by the ten run rule in the bottom of the fifth when they scored two runs. Byars was hit by a pitch, Hansen reached safely by an error, Nathan Schiller had an infield hit, Ure reached safely on a fielder's choice, Avery Wheatley drove in a run via a walk, and Wardyn drove in a run with a base hit to end the game.

Although the Chargers had only five hits for the game, they managed eight bases on balls, and had nine stolen bases, all of which contributed to the ten run total.

The second game included a delay in the fourth inning due to the weather after the Chargers had built a 7-2 lead. After Garrett Walhovd scored in the first inning, Caden Wardyn added a second run in the third when he walked, advanced to second on a Quenton Spack single, and scored on a Hansen ground ball.

The Chargers scored five runs in the fourth inning as Newell Rogers, Noah Nelson, and Bryce Littler all reached safely to load the bases. After Walhovd walked to force in a run, Wardyn came through with a three RBI double. Spack's base hit to center drove in Wardyn to make the score 7-0.

After the Knights scored two runs in its fourth inning at bat, the Chargers added three in the fifth inning. Newell Rogers led off the inning with a double and pinch hitter Michael Ure walked. Rogers stole both third and home to score, while Ure advanced to third on a balk and scored on an error. After Walhovd reached safely on an error, Spack drove him in with his third hit of the game. Chargers lead 10-2.

WA added a run to its total in the bottom of the fifth to make it 10-3. ACGC aded two runs to its score in the sixth when Newell Rogers and Logan Brincks both walked and advance on stolen bases to second and third. A sacrifice fly by Nelson drove in pinch runner Reid Rumelhart and Brincks scored on a passed ball.

ACGC added its final run in the top of the seventh when Wardyn walked, advanced to second and third by a balk and a wild pitch and scored on a single by Miles Kading to make the score 13-3. The Knights failed to score in its final at bat and the Chargers had come away with the sweep.

The Chargers had eight hits for the game, with Spack leading the way with three, including a double. Littler had two hits, while Wardyn and Rogers each had a double. Wardyn drove in three runs for the game. Littler and Brincks shared the pitching duties, with Littler giving up three runs and four hits over five innings. He walked three and struck out five. Brincks did not give up a hit in his two innings of relief, walked one and struck out three Kinghts.

The double win gives the boys a season record of 3-18, with a 2-16 record in conference play.

Next up is a triangular with Panorama and Glidden-Ralston on Thursday. The Chargers will play Panorama at 3 PM. Panorama and G-R will tangle at 5 and the Chargers will face the Wildcats at 7.

First game line score: Second game line score:

WA 000 00--0 0 3 ACGC 101 532 1--13 8 2

ACGC 110 62--10 5 0 WA 000 210 0--3 4 5

Charger Box Score: Charger Box Score:

AB R H RBI AB R H RBI

CaWardyn 3 1 1 1 Littler 5 0 2 0

Walhovd 3 1 1 1 Walhovd 3 3 0 1

Spack 2 0 1 1 Wardyn 2 3 1 3

R'melh'rt 2 1 1 1 Spack 4 0 3 1

Byars 1 1 0 0 Hansen 3 0 0 0

Hansen 3 0 0 1 Schiller 4 0 0 0

Schiller 2 2 1 0 Rogers 3 2 1 0

Ure 2 1 0 1 Brincks 1 1 0 0

Wheatley 1 1 0 1 Nelson 1 1 0 1

Nelson 0 0 0 0 Byars 0 0 0 0

ClWardyn 0 0 0 0 Ure 0 1 0 0

Crawford 0 2 0 0 J'rg'ns'n 0 0 0 0

Marsh 1 0 0 0

R'm'lh'rt 0 1 0 0

Cr'wf'rd 0 1 0 0

Kading 1 0 1 1

ClW'rdyn 0 0 0 0


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