• Keith Hjelle


It had to happen eventually. And last night it did! The ACGC baseball team snapped their seventeen game losing streak and in the process defeated an opponent by the ten run rule. In what was billed as a close game with East Union, a team with just one win on the season, the Chargers broke open a 2-2 tie with thirteen runs in the third inning to clinch the win.

The Chargers scored a run in its first at bat when Reid Rumelhart got on by a error, followed by a single by Avery Wheatley and a base on balls for Ben Kingery to load the bases. Newell Rogers walked to drive in Rumelhart and the Chargers took a 1-0 lead.

ACGC also tallied a single run in the second inning when Rumelhart got on base by error. After Bryce Littler walked, Rumellhart scored when Wheatley also got on be an error. The Eagles knotted the game in the bottom of the second when it scored two runs, largely due to wild pitches and passed balls.

The Chargers went bananas in the third inning as they batted around twice, scoring thirteen runs on six hits, six errors, eight bases on balls, and numerous wild pitches. Littler, Wheatley, and Rogers each drove in two runs with base hits. When the dust settled, ACGC had taken what was an insurmountable lead, 15-2, into the bottom of the third inning.

After ACGC picked up two more runs in the fifth inning when Chalie Crawford's single drove in Eli Kading and Alex Spack, East Union came up with four runs in its last at bat. But it was not enough to keep the game going, as the Chargers led 17-7 and the game was called by the mercy rule. Chargers win! Chargers win!

Clayton Wardyn went the distance on the mound for the Chargers, giving up five hits and seven runs, while striking out five and issuing five free passes.

Head coach Taylor Morris was obviously pleased with the win. "We made some mistakes, but a win is a win. Hopefully some of that will carry over into tonight's double header with a tough Van Meter team." The double header will begin at 5 PM. Go Chargers!

Game score by inning:

ACGC 11(13) 02--17 7 2

EUnion 020 05-- 7 4 9

Charger box score:


Reid Rumelhart 2 4 0 0

Michael Ure 1 0 0 0

Bryce Littler 3 1 1 2

Brock Littler 0 0 0 0

Avery Wheatley 5 1 2 3

Eli Kading 0 1 0 0

Ben Kingery 1 1 0 1

Alex Spack 0 1 0 0

Newell Rogers 3 2 1 3

Charlie Crawford 4 1 1 2

Cayden Jensen 5 2 1 1

Miles Kading 3 2 1 1

Noah Nelsen 3 1 0 1

Pitching: IP H R ER BB SO

Wardyn 5 7 4 4 5 5

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