- Keith Hjelle
Charger Baseball Loses in Ten Innings to G-R, 4-1; Final Home Game Tonight
The hits were few and far between, as the Charger baseball team tangled with Glidden-Ralston of the Rolling Vally Conference last night. The Wildcats managed only four hits, while the Chargers had fewer--just three--over the ten inning game that saw G-R score three runs in the top on the tenth to eek out a 4-1 win over the Chargers.
Logan Brincks started on the mound for ACGC and pitched one hit ball through 2 1/3 innings. In the top of the third he gave up one run and left the mound with one out and the bases loaded. Quenton Spack relieved Brincks and struck out the first two batters he faced to get the Chargers out of a jam.
Spack and Wildcat hurler Justin Sparks settled in for a probably the best pitchers' dual of the season. Both pitchers pitched shutout ball through the sixth inning. After Spack held G-R scoreless in the top of the seventh, the Chargers were faced with a "do or die" situation, trailing 1-0 going into the bottom of the seventh.
Caden Wardyn led off the inning with a single, stole second, and advanced to third on a ground out by Ben Kingery. When Owen Hansen got on base by error, Wardyn scored from third to tie the game at one apiece. Wildcat pitcher Sparks was replaced by Drew Olberding, who put out the fire with the score 1-1 after the regulation seven innings.
After Spack shut down a G-R threat in the eighth inning, he was relieved on the mound by Wardyn in the ninth. Both teams threatened to score in the ninth inning, but neither could come up with a clutch hit to win the game.
It all came to an end in the tenth inning, when the Wildcats came up with up with three runs in their half of the inning. There was a little bit of everything that happened in the last inning that gave G-R the win. A hit batsman, a sac bunt, a Charger error, a walk, and a two RBI single enabled the Wildcats put to the game out of reach. The Chargers managed to get Wardyn and Kingery on base in the bottom of the tenth, but again the elusive clutch hit meant the runners were left stranded, and G-R went home with a 4-1 victory.
Wardyn had two of the three Charger hits, with Nathan Schiller picking up the other. While the hitting may have been lacking, the ACGC pitching was respectable. Spack pitched six full innings in relief, surrendering one run, while giving up just two hits, walking two and struck out seven. Wardyn took the loss, as he walked three and struck out two while giving up two runs.
The Chargers will be in action again tonight when the will face non-conference foe Orient-Macksburg in a JV-Varsity doubleheader with the JV game to begin at 5 PM.
G-R 001 000 000 3--4 4 3
ACGC 000 000 100 0--1 3 3
Charger Box Score:
AB R . H . RBI
Littler 5 0 0 0
Walhovd 5 0 0 0
Wardyn 4 1 2 0
Kingery 5 0 0 0
Hansen 5 0 0 0
Spack 4 0 0 0
Brincks 2 0 0 0
Ure 4 0 0 0
Schiller 3 0 1 0
Nelson 0 0 0 0
Byars 0 0 0 0
Rumelh'rt 0 0 0 0
Rogers 0 0 0 0