- Keith Hjelle
Charger SB in a "Holy cow!" Game, Fall to Third Ranked Pleasantville
Former Chicago Cub play by play broadcaster Harry Carey often used the term "Holy cow!" to express his amazement at something that happened on the playing field. Well here is a huge "Holy Cow." The bats were booming in Pleasantville last night when the ACGC and Pleasantville teams locked horns in a softball doubleheader played on the Pleasantville home field. The teams combined for a total of fifty two hits in the 7-6 and 11-4 wins for the Trojans. The Trojans entered the evening with a team batting average of .456. That is not a misprint--a TEAM average of .456. That is the second highest team average in the state--all classes. Only class 4A Charles City is hitting better with an average of .461. Despite the fact that Charger pitchers Savana Fuller and Jorja Hoover gave up thirty hits last night, they managed to actually LOWER Pleasantville's team average by five percentage points to .451! Holy cow!
The Chargers were no slouches at the plate either,coming up with twenty two hits in the two games--twelve in game one and ten in game two. Trojan pithing had been giving up less than six hits per game.
ACGC took an early lead in game one when it came up with three singles in the first inning. Tori Fuller, Mady Kelsey, and Savana Fuller each hit safely, with Savana's hit driving in sister Tori for a 1-0 Charger lead. The lead didn't last too long, as P'ville plated five runs on six hits in the third inning.
The Chargers duplicated the Trojan five spot in the sixth inning on six hits. Many Kelsey led off the rally with a single. Savana Fuller reached safely on a bunt, followed by Genevieve Hoover's single which loaded the bases. Sierra O'Brien came up with the big hit of the inning when she tripled to drive in three runs. Kylie Young's bunt single then scored O'Brien. After Young stole second base, Reese Coffman's sac bunt moved Young to third. Jadeyn Carrick singled in Young and the Chargers had taken the lead at 6-5!
The Trojans tied it in the bottom of the sixth, 6-6, which set the stage for the dramatic final inning. Kelsey drew a walk to lead off the inning for ACGC. A sac bunt by Savana Fuller advanced pinch runner Rylie Wetzel who attempted to go all the way to third base but was thrown out on the 5-3-5 double play. Holy cow! Genevieve Hoover was then hit by a pitch and O'Brien singled to center field. The inning ended with a strikeout and two runners stranded.
Bottom of the seventh--score tied at six apiece. The first Trojan singled and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. The second out was recorded when the number nine hitter flew out to O'Brien in center field. Leadoff hitter Josie Sowers dealt the fate blow when she singled to centerfield and Bridget McKinney scored from second base. Game over. Chargers fall 7-6 to the number three ranked team in the state. Another tough loss after a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Madrid on Tuesday.
Four Chargers had two hits apiece, including Tori and Savana Fuller, Kelsey, and O'Brien. SavanaFuller went the distance in the circle giving up seven runs on sixteen hits. She walked one and struck out one.
If game two lacked the drama of game one, it didn't lack the same kind of solid hitting. After both teams scored a single run in the second inning, Pleasantville took control in the second inning when it plated five runs. With the score at 9-1 in the middle of the fifth, ACGC scored three runs to close the deficit to five. Jorja Hoover led off the inning with a single. After Tori Fuller walked, Kelsey got on when hit by a pitch to load the bases. Savana Fuller drove in a run on a fielder's choice. After Tori Fuller was put out at home on a 5-2 play, Sierra O'Brien's single scored two runs to make the score 9-4. But that was as close as ACGC would get. The Trojans scored two runs in the seventh inning to make the final 11-4.
Despite the losses, the Chargers showed that they can lay with the top teams in the state. Just need to finish 'em off. That would really be a big "Holy cow!"
ACGC gets little time off as it will play in the Audubon tournament tomorrow. The Chargers will take on Boyer Valley in their first game at 9 AM, with two more gems to follow. Go Chargers!
First game score by inning: Second game score by inning:
ACGC 100 005 0--6 12 2 P'ville 015 120 2--11 14 0
P'ville 005 001 1--7 16 0 ACGC 010 030 0---4 10 2
Charger box score Charger box score
AB R H RBI AB R H RBI
JHoover 4 0 1 0 JHoover 4 1 2 0
TFuller 4 1 2 0 TFuller 3 0 1 0
Kelsey 3 0 2 0 Kelsey 3 1 0 0
SFuller 3 1 2 1 SFuller 4 1 2 1
GHoover 3 1 1 0 GHoover 4 1 1 0
O'Brien 4 1 2 3 O'Brien 4 0 3 2
Young 4 1 1 1 Young 3 0 1 0
Coffman 2 0 0 0 Coffman 2 0 0 0
Carrick 3 0 1 1 Wetzel 3 0 0 0
Dorsey 0 1 0 0
Wetzel 0 1 0 0
Pitching: IP R ER H SO BB Pitching: IP R ER H SO BB
Fuller 6.67 7 6 16 1 1 JHoover 2.67 6 5 6 1 3
Fuller 4.33 5 4 8 1 1