- Keith Hjelle
Charger Softball Drops Doubleheader to Twelfth Ranked Interstate 35
The school with the most unusual nickname in the WCAC came to Guthrie Center last night and went home with a sweep in a doubleheader versus the Chargers. The Interstate 35 Roadrunners took two, 9-2 and 13-4, to solidify its position as the twelfth ranked team in class 2A. I can't help think about the roadrunner bird and the wily fox cartoon that was popular in years past. Last night it was the roadrunner's turn to outdo the fox.
In game one I-35 took a 1-0 lead in the first inning and increased it to 4-0 after its third at bat. The Chargers got on the board in the fourth inning when Sierra O'Brien led off with a single, Madie Kelsey doubled, and O'Brien scored on an I-35 error.
The Roadrunners put the game away in the top of the fifth with four runs to make the score 8-1. ACGC managed to add a run in the bottom half of the inning when Savana Fuller doubled, Genevieve Hoover singled and Fuller scored on a fielder's choice. The Roadrunner's added an insurance run in the sixth to close out the scoring.
The Chargers got five hits against the Roadrunners' pitching, with "G" getting two of the total. Savana Fuller, O'Brien, and Maddie Kelsey each had one hit.
Three Chargers--Savana Fuller, Jorja Hoover, and Sophia Rouses--shared the pitching duties. Fuller went the first four innings and faced two batters in the fifth. She gave up six runs on seven hits, walked two Roadrunners, and had no strikeouts. Hoover pitched the remainder of the fifth inning and faced four hitters in the sixth. She surrendered two hits, walked two and didn't have a strikeout. Rouse's performance was a highlight for ACGC, as she releived Hoover in the sixth with no outs and retired the next three Roadrunner batters and also completed the game. She gave up one hit and struck out one hitter.
In game two the Chargers tallied four runs in the third inning on Kelsey's second grand slam of the season. Kelsey drove in Jorja Hoover who reached safely on a bunt hit, Savana Fuller who got on on a fielder's choice, and O'Brien who had walked. Kelsey ripped the ball over the center field fence on a 2-1 count to give the Chargers a 4-3 lead. After eighth grader Sophie Dorsey singled and Kylie Young doubled, the Roadrunners changed pitchers and the rally ended. I-35 pitcher Ava Knoll shut out the Chargers the rest of the way.
Leading 7-4 headed into the sixth inning, I-35 put together a big sixth inning, scoring six runs to make the final 13-4.
The Chargers came up with seven hits in game two, with Dorsey leadng with two. Savana Fuller started the game on the circle and pitched into the sixth inning when I-35 had its big inning. She gave up fifteen hits and twelve runs, while striking out one and walking two. Rouse gave up two hits and a run.
The Chargers next game is this Saturday at Kimballton when the opponent will be Exira-Elkhorn-Limballton. The JV game is scheduled for 11 AM with the varsity to follow. The team will return home on Monday to face WCAC foe Woodward-Granger in a JV/Varsity doubleheader. The JV game is scheduled for 5:30. Go Chargers!
Game one score by inning: Game two score by inning:
I-35 103 041 0--9 10 1 ACGC 004 000 0----4 7 3
ACGC 000 210 0--2 5 1 I-35 301 306 x--13 16 1
Charger Box Score: Charger Box Score:
AB R H RBI AB R H RBI
JHoover 3 0 0 0 JHoover 4 1 1 0
SFuller 4 1 1 0 SFuller 4 1 1 0
Rouse 0 0 0 0 Rouse 0 0 0 0
GHoover 4 0 2 0 GHoover 4 0 0 0
Dorsey 0 0 0 0 SiO'Brien 1 1 1 0
SiO'Brien 3 1 1 0 Kelsey 3 1 1 4
Kelsey 3 0 1 0 Wetzel 1 0 0 0
Wetzel 0 0 0 0 Dorsey 4 0 2 0
SaO'Brien 0 0 0 0 Young 3 0 1 0
Young 3 0 0 0 TFuller 2 0 0 0
TFuller 2 0 0 0 SaO'Brien 0 0 0 0
Carrick 3 0 0 0 Carrick 3 0 0 0
Coffman 3 0 0 0 Coffman 0 0 0 0