• Keith Hjelle

One Girl Show, Rain Put Down Chargers, 10-0 and 6-4

It was just too much Denali Loecker for the ACGC softball team last night as the multi faceted softball player dominated both in the circle and at the plate for Ogden. Loecher led the Bulldogs to a doubleheader sweep, 10-0 in five innings and 6-4 in nine innings, last night on the Charger home field. A continuous rain also played a factor in game one as it clearly affected Charger pitcher Savana Fuller. Fuller has demonstrated excellent control this season, walking just nine batters in the last ten games. No doubt the rain contributed to the seven walks and a hit batsmen that Fuller gave up in the opener.

Loecker, a University of Iowa signee, pitched a near perfect game in the opener, giving up no hits and allowing just a single base runner in a game called by the mercy rule after five innings. She demonstrated her power as a hitter when she broke open a 3-0 game in the fourth inning with a three run home run over the left field fence. There was little for Charger fans to cheer for in the first game.

The nightcap was a different story as the Chargers took a 3-0 lead in the third inning. Kennedy Young walked to start the inning. After Jorja Hoover was thrown out on a catcher to first base put out, Sierra O'Brien got on by an error. Many Kelsey's single drove in Young and the Chargers were on the board. Genevieve Hoover's double drove in O'Brien and courtesy runner Rylie Wetzel to give ACGC a 3-0 lead. The Bulldogs narrowed the gap to 3-1 in their third inning at bat when Loecker doubled, was sacrificed to third, and scored after tagging up on a foul ball on which Charger first baseman Kennedy Young made a spectacular catch, but was unable to stop Loecker from scoring.

The Chargers added a run in the top of the fifth when Kelsey singled to open the at bat. "G" Hoover followed up with her second hit of the game. An error by the Bulldog second baseman allowed courtesy runner Saige O'Brien to score to give the locals a 4-1 lead. The Chargers were on the verge of a big inning when Savana Fuller and Sophie Dorsey both got on be error to load the bases. Enter the nemesis Loecher as relief pitcher. She ended the ACGC scoring threat when "G" was forced out at home and Kennedy Young grounded out to the first baseman. Still, the Chargers had a three run lead.

But not for long. The Bulldogs tied up the game when they scored three runs after two were out to knot the score at 4-4 in the fifth inning. Neither team scored in the sixth or seventh innings to put the game into overtime. The Chargers went down in order in the top of the eighth. Ogden threatened in the eighth but heads up defense by the Charger infield thwarted the threat.

The Chargers got a runner on in the ninth when "G" hit her second double of the day, but a pinch runner was stranded and it was Denali Loecher time once again in the bottom of the ninth. With a runner on first and no outs the Bulldog junior (OMG!) blasted the first pitch over the right field fence to end the game. 6-4 Bulldogs.

A tough loss for the Chargers as they battled hard but came up just short. "We had 'em on the ropes." as they say in boxing jargon. The two losses dropped the season record to 9-13 and the WCAC mark to 4-10. Wednesday the team will travel to Panorama to take on the Panthers in a JV/Varsity doubleheader with the JV game to begin at 5:30. Go Chargers!

Game one score by inning: Game two score by inning:

Ogden 021 34--10 7 0 ACGC 000 301 000--4 8 1

ACGC 000 00-- 0 0 3 Ogden 001 030 002--6 8 1

Charger box score: Charger box score:


JHoover 2 0 0 0 JHoover 5 0 1 0

SaO'Brien 2 0 0 0 SiO'Brien 5 1 1 0

Kelsey 2 0 0 0 Kelsey 5 0 2 0

GHoover 2 0 0 0 Wetzel 0 1 0 0

SiO'Brien 2 0 0 0 SaO'Brien 0 1 0 0

TFuller 2 0 0 0 GHoover 5 0 2 0

Dorsey 1 0 0 0 SFuller 5 0 1 0

KyYoung 1 0 0 0 TFuller 3 0 0 0

Coffman 0 0 0 0 Dorsey 4 0 0 0

KyYoung 3 0 0 0

Pitching: IP R ER H BB SO KeYoung 2 1 0 0

SFuller 5 10 8 8 7 4 Coffman 0 0 0 0

Pitching: IP R ER BB SO

SFuller 9 6 6 3 4

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