- Keith Hjelle
Yogi Berra's Quip Rings True for Charger Baseball
Yogi Berra, half of fame catcher for the Yankees in the 1950's and into the '60's, was known for his nonsensical statements. One of this writer's favorites was when he said, "It's like de'ja vu all over again." Huh? Yogi, that's redundant. You're saying the same thing twice. I guess the Yankee great meant to emphasize that one game looked just like another.
Berra's quote could be applied to the last two outings for the ACGC baseball team. The Chargers have dropped a twin bill in each of their last two tests, and failed to score in either doubleheader. A week ago the locals fell to Des Moines Christian by 11-0 and 10-10 scores. Last night the scores were 18-0 and 11-0 at Earlham, with Cardinal pitching giving up only one hit on the evening. It was "de'ja vu all over again."
In game one Earlham jumped ot to a 3-0 lead after the first inning and addd ten more in the second before finishing off the Chargers with five runs in the third inning to complete the opening game. No Charger got on base via a hit, although ACGC did manage to get seven runners on base--six by bases on balls and one hit batsman. Will Byars was the lone Charger to get on twice--once with a walk and the other on a hit by pitch.
ACGC threatened to score in its last bat when Newell Rogers was hit by a pitch, and Byars and Charlie Crawford each received free passes But a strike out and a pop up to the third basemen ended the Charger chance to score.
Five Charger pitchers--starter Reid Rumelhart, Michael Ure, Cayden Jensen, Alex Spack, and Carter Hanson gave up nine hits and walked seven Cardinals. Spack and Hanson were the most effective, with Spack striking out two and walking one in one inning of work, while Hanson also pitched one inning and gave up one hit and struck out one. Neither gave up a run.
Game two resembled game one, as Earlham had a big second inning, scoring seven runs on five singles two walks, and three Charger errors. The Cardinals added one run in the third inning and two in the fourth to end the game after five innings.
Chargers Newell Rogers and Noah Nelson were the only baserunners for ACGC, as Newell singled in the second inning and Nelson reached base on a passed ball on a third strike.
Byars, Ure and Rogers split the pitching duties with Byars going the first two innings, giving up six hits, while walking four and recording two strike outs. Ure pitched an inning, surrendering one hit and one run. He walked one and struck out one. Rogers finished up for the Chargers, giving up two runs on one hit and a walk. He struck out one and walked one.
The Chargers are at CAM tonight for a JV/Varsity double header, with the JV game to begin at 5:30. Go Chargers!
Second game score by inning First game score by inning
Earlham 3 10 5 00--18 8 1 ACGC 000 00-- 0 0 4
ACGC 0 0 0 00--0 1 2 Earlham 171 2x--11 8 0
Box score: AB R H RBI Box score: AB R H RBI
Rumelhart 2 0 0 0 Rumelhart 2 0 0 0
Wheatley 2 0 0 0 Wheatley 1 0 0 0
Kingery 2 0 0 0 Kingery 1 0 0 0
Littler 2 0 0 0 MKading 0 0 0 0
Rogers 2 0 1 0 Littler 2 0 0 0
Crawford 2 0 0 0 Rogers 1 0 0 0
EKading 2 0 0 0 Byars 0 0 0 0
Wardyn 2 0 0 0 Ure 1 0 0 0
Nelson 1 0 0 0 Hanson 1 0 0 0
Crawford 1 0 0 0
Nelson 2 0 0 0