• Keith Hjelle

Charger Softball Defeats Madrid, 8-4, to Open WCAC Play

The ACGC softball team opened conference play on a good note last evening when they defeated the Madrid Tigers, 8-4, on the Charger diamond. The win seems to have some significance, as Madrid opened their season on Monday with a narrow 9-8 loss to Glidden-Ralston, which is ranked ninth in Class 1A. Regardless, the Chargers dominated the game in moving their overall record to 2-0.

The Chargers opened the scoring in the first inning when Jorga Hoover single to center field, advanced to second on a wild pitch, went to third on Savana Fuller's sacrifice bunt, and scampered home on sister Genevieve's single.

Madrid managed to tie it up in its second at bat when the Tiger O'Neal twins each came up with base hits to knot the score at 1-1.

In the home team's second at bat, ACGC went head for good when Kylie Young and Reese Coffman both scored to make in 3-1. The Chargers added three more scores in the fourth on just one hit. A combination of walks to Young and Reese Coffman, a Madrid error, an infield hit by Jorja Hoover and two more walks enabled ACGC to come up with three more runs to make it 6-1. Pinch runner Sage O'Brien scored in the fifth when Coffman reach safely on an error to put the Chargers up by a 7-1 margin.

It looked like it was all over but the shouting. Not quite yet. The Tigers scored three runs in the sixth inning on three consecutive hits and two costly Charger errors. So now it is 7-4 and we have a ball game!

After a walk was issued to Jorga Hoover, two batters later sister Genevieve gave the Chargers an insurance run when she singled to drive in Jorja and move the score to 8-4.

Madrid advanced runners to second and third in their final at bat before a third to first ground out ended the threat and give the Chargers the victory.

The Charger bats weren't as active as in the season opener with Audubon on Monday. A total of five hits was all the team could muster. The Hoover sisters each came up with two hits for the Chargers, while Kylie Young had the other one.

Savana Fuller went this distance in the pitching circle to pickup her second win of the young season. Fuller surrendered five hits, did not give up a walk, and fanned eight Tiger hitters. A good performance by the veteran senior.

There is little time to rest for the Chargers as 3A ranked Des Moines Christian comes to town today for a conference double header beginning at 5:30. Go Chargers!

Score by innings:

Madrid 010 003 0--4 5 3

ACGC 120 311 x--8 5 2

Charger box score


J Hoover 3 1 2 0

Si O'Brien 2 1 0 0

S Fuller 2 1 0 1

G Hoover 4 0 2 1

Kelsey 4 0 0 1

Sa O'Brien 0 1 0 0

Carrick 3 0 0 0

Young 2 2 1 0

Coffman 1 2 0 0

TFuller 3 1 0 0

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