- Keith Hjelle
One Losing Streak Ends, Another Persists
Heading into last night's softball and baseball games at Stuart, both Charger summer teams were suffering through losing streaks, with the girls having dropped their previous five contests and the boys having lost all of their games. One streak ended when the girls' knocked of West Central Valley 21-6, while the other continued when the boys lost 10-0 in six innings.
The Charger girls found themselves down early when WCV scored three runs in its first at bat. ACGC's second inning proved to be the game winner as the Chargers scored six runs and never trailed again. The Chargers batted around in the inning, with Sierra O'Brien getting two hits in the inning. Two other hits plus four Wildcat errors contributed to the big inning.
WCV hung in there through five frames, trailing by just two runs at 8-6. Then the ACGC bats really came alive in its final two at bats, as the team scored three in the sixth inning and added ten runs in its final at bat to give the the team its highest run total for the season. The Chargers also came up with a total of seventeen hits for the game--another season high. Five WCV errors in the inning aided the Charger cause.
The middle of the Charger lineup--Sierra O'Brien, Mady Kelsey, Kylie Young,and Tori Fuller--came up with three hits each. Jaden Carrick added two, while Jorja and "G" Hoover, and Savana Fuller each contributed one hit.
Savana Fuller went the distance in the circle, picking up her third win of the season. After surrendering six runs in the first four innings, Fuller shut out the Wildcats over the last three innings. She scattered ten hits, struck out six and walked just one batter.
The win improves the season record to 4-6 and evens the conference record at 3-3. Next up is a doubleheader tomorrow with Interstate 35 on the Charger home field. First game is scheduled for 5:30.
The boys' woes continue as their losing streak reached seven games last night. Although WCV scored its ten runs, Charger pitchers Will Byars and Charlie Crawford gave up only five hits and managed to fan eleven Wildcats. WCV took advantage of eight walked batters, five of whom scored, four hit batsmen, and eleven successful stolen bases to keep pressure on the Charger defense.
Wildcat pitcher Cole Arnburg was just short of perfect as he gave up only one hit, walked no Chargers and saw his teammates play errorless ball. Avery Wheatley was the only Charger to reach base when he singled in the Charger first at bat. Arnburg then proceeded to retire all of the Chargers in order, including fifteen by strikeout.
As is the case with the Charger girls, the boys will host Interstate 35 tomorrow evening in a varsity doubleheader with the first game to begin at 5 PM. Go Chargers!
Girls' score by inning Boys' score by inning
ACGC 061 13(10)--21 17 3 ACGC 000 000--0 1 3
WCV 320 100----- 6 10 9 WCV 013 042--10 5 0
Charger Box Score: Charger Box Score:
AB R H RBI AB R H RBI
JHoover 5 2 1 1 Rogers 3 0 0 0
SFuller 6 1 1 1 Wheatley 2 0 1 0
GHoover 5 0 1 0 Kingery 2 0 0 0
SaO'Brien 0 2 0 0 Littler 2 0 0 0
SiO'Brien 4 4 3 1 Crawford 2 0 0 0
Kelsey 4 1 3 4 Rumelhart 2 0 0 0
Dorsey 0 1 0 0 Kading 2 0 0 0
KyYoung 4 3 3 2 Ure 2 0 0 0
Franzeen 0 1 0 0 Nelson 2 0 0 0
TFuller 5 2 3 0
Carrick 4 2 2 2
Coffman 3 1 0 0
KeYoung 1 1 0 0