• Keith Hjelle

"So Close and Yet So Far": Charger Baseball Close to Victory, Then Lose by Mercy Rule

The Latin poet Martial is given credit for first using the phrase, "So close and yet so far." It refers to something that is within one's grasp but then slips away. Today it is sometimes used to describe sports events where victory is within one's reach, but then slips away to one's opponent. So it was for the Charger baseball team last night when it rallied from a 13-8 seventh inning deficit to get within 13-12 in its game with Interstate 35, only to see victory slip way with the tying and winning runs on base. It was the seventh consecutive loss for the ACGC boys and had to be the toughest of all. The Chargers were unable to regroup for the second half of the doubleheader and lost to the Roadrunners 13-1 in five innings.

The loss may be even tougher as the locals trailed 7-0 and came back to get within 9-8 after five innings. After going scoreless through three innings, the Chargers scored four in both the fourth and fifth innings to get within one run. The bats came alive for ACGC in the fourth when Miles Kading led off with a single. Will Byars followed with a walk and Newell Rogers got on base via a Roadrunner error, scoring Kading from second. Avery Wheatley and Ben Kingery followed with singles, Bryce Littler was hit by a pitch and Charlie Crawford came up with a single. When the dust settled, ACGC was down by a 9-4 score.

With one out in the fifth inning, Kading and Byars both walked, and Noah Nelson drove in a run with a double. Newell Rogers got on by an error, driving in two more runs. After Wheatley and Ben Kingery got on base, a walk to Littler drove in the fourth Charger run in the inning.

9-8 after the fifth.

No one scored in the sixth and I-35 scored four in the top of the seventh inning to, as it turned out, put the game just out of reach for ACGC. The home team duplicated the Roadrunners' four runs in its last at bat but fell short by one run. Rogers got things going in the seventh as he reached base on an error. Wheatley and Kingery followed with base hits, with Kingery's double driving in Rogers. Wheatley and Kingery both scored on an error by the I-35 shortstop. So no its 13-11 with one out. Charlie Crawford scored the last Charger run on a fielder's choice, but that was as close as ACGC would get. Victory remains elusive for the boys.

Game two didn't resemble game one, as the Roadrunners broke away from a 1-1 tie when it plated eleven runs in its third at bat! The game was over at that point, with ACGC coming up with just three hits--two doubles by Kingery and a single by Kading. The energy was gone after game one.

And so the season record falls to 0-9, 0-7 in conference play. The team has a chance to remedy that situation when they take on the Panorama Panthers tonight on the Chargers' home field. The JV plays at 5 PM with the varsity game to follow. Go Chargers!

First game score by inning Second game score by inning

I-35 124 200 4--13 11 6 ACGC 010 00--1 3 1

ACGC 000 440 4--12 9 1 I-35 10(10) 2x--13 13 3

Charger box score: Charger box score:


Rogers 5 2 0 1 Rogers 2 0 0 0

Wheatley 5 2 3 0 Crawford 3 0 0 0

Kingery 2 2 2 1 Kingery 2 0 2 0

Littler 2 0 1 1 Littler 2 0 0 0

Crawford 5 1 1 2 Rumelhart 1 1 0 0

Rumelhart 4 0 0 0 Jensen 2 0 0 0

Ure 0 0 0 0 MKading 2 0 1 0

Fading 3 2 1 1 EKading 2 0 0 0

Byars 3 2 0 0 Wardyn 0 0 0 0

Nelson 4 1 1 1

Pitching: IP H R ER BB SO Pitching: IP H R ER BB SO

Ure 2.33 5 7 6 5 1 E.Kading 2.33 8 8 8 3 1

Rogers 1.67 1 2 2 2 3 Hanson 1.67 5 5 5 2 1

Nelson 2.00 4 2 2 3 1

Kingery 1.00 1 2 1 3 0

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