• Keith Hjelle

Charger Softball Season Ends With 12-11 Eight Inning Regional Loss to Panorama


There is an old saying used to describe the circumstances for a team that loses in the post season playoffs. It is said that such a team has "no tomorrow." So it is for our Charger softball team, as it fell to rival Panorama in the quarterfinal round of the regional tournament last night, 12-11 in eight innings. The season ending loss was the third time that the Panthers have bested the Chargers, winning both WCAC games played earlier in the season. Making the loss even more bitter to take is that fact that ACGC never trailed last night until the final at bat for the Panthers.

A large following of Charger fans, including the biggest student turnout of the season, saw

the Chargers open the game with a five run inning. After Savana Fuller and Jorja Hoover were both hit by a pitch, singles by "G Hoover and MaKayla Hoing drove in the first three runs, When Sierra O'Brien got on by error that allowed another run to score, Jayden Carrick hit a sacrifice fly that drove in the fifth run of the inning. and the Chargers were off to a great start. The Panthers responded with two runs of their own to make the score 5-2 after inning number one.

Following a scoreless second and third innings, ACGC came up with two scores in the fourth. Reese Coffman reached safely on an error to open the inning. With two outs, Mady Kelsy singled to put runners on first and second. "G" then singled to right field, allowing both Coffman and Kelsy to score, giving the Chargers a 7-2 advantage. Panorama picked up two runs to narrow the gap to 7-4 after four innings.

In the top of the fifth inning, the Chargers plated two more runs when Sierra O'Brien opened the inning with a single and was driven in by Carrick's double. After Carrick was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a Coffman base hit, Fuller came through with an RBI single to put the Chargers up 9-4. The lead was narrowed to a single score when Panorama scored four in its fifth inning at bat to make it 9-8 in favor of ACGC.

The Chargers went scoreless in the sixth and seventh innings, while Panorama scored a single run in the bottom of the seventh to send the game into overtime knotted at 9-9.

After Jorja Hoover coaxed a walk in the top of the eighth, Mady Kelsey hit her fifth home run of the season and Charger players and fans alike erupted with joy as it gave ACGC a 11-9 lead. But the joy was short lived, as the Panthers scored what was needed in the bottom half of the inning to come away with the 12-11 win. Panorama lived to see another day, while ACGC had to face that "no tomorrow." But as this article is being concluded, I'm willing to bet that Charger players

and fans alike are waking up to a new day filled with new expectations and possibilities.

Three Chargers led the team in hitting, as Kelsey, "G", and Hoing, who played her final game in a Charger uniform, all had three hits. Fuller went the distance in the pitching circle, giving up fourteen hits, while walking four and striking out one Panther.

The season ending loss gives the Chargers a 9-16 record overall, with a 5-11 record in WCAC play. Panorama improved to 11-11 and will now face 23-2 IKM-Manning on Friday.

Line score:

ACGC 500 220 02--11 13 5

Pan 100 250 13--12 14 3

Charger Box Score:

AB R H RBI

SFuller 4 1 1 1

JHoover 3 2 0 0

Kelsey 5 2 3 2

GHoover 5 1 3 2

TFuller 0 1 0 0

Hoing 5 1 3 2

O'Brien 5 2 1 0

Carrick 4 0 1 1

KyYoung 4 0 0 0

Coffman 3 2 1 0

KeYoung 0 0 0 0


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