- Keith Hjelle
Charger BB Wins on Senior Night, Tops WCV 5-3
It took a while, but the Charger baseball team came up with a big sixth inning to come from behind and win over West Central Valley, 5-3, last night on the Charger diamond. The game started like most of the Charger contests this season when WCV scored two runs to open the game and add an additional run in the third inning to take a 3-0 lead. But this time there was no denying the Charger boys of summer.
"We came through with a big sixth inning," coach Taylor said following the win. "We talked about not giving up and wanting to be the guy who comes up big in situations like this, and the whole team did tonight."
The Chargers picked up a run in the third inning when Noah Nelson got on to lead off the inning, advanced to second on an error, made it to third on a ground out, and scored on another Wildcat error.
The fourth and fifth innings weren't kind to the Chargers, as five of six outs in that span were by strikeout. So, as the game entered the top of the sixth, the Chargers trailed 3-1, with no hits since the second inning. It didn't look good for the home team.
After Bryce Littler popped up to the pitcher, things picked up for the Chargers. Avery Wheatley singled and stole second. Ben Kingery walked and Reid Rumelhart followed up with an RBI single to make it 3-2. Charlie Crawford also singled to load the bases. After Will Byars struck out for the second out of the inning, pinch hitter Miles Kading came through with the hit of the game when he doubled to clear the bases and give ACGC a 5-3 lead. Kading was thrown out trying to stretch his double into a triple, but the Chargers had taken the lead and were on the verge of victory.
And victory it was! Littler, pitching in relief of Michael Ure, got out of a bases loaded jam in the sixth inning and then mowed down the final three Wildcat batters of the game with three consecutive strikeouts, preserving the victory for the Chargers.
"Bryce Littler came in to pitch the last three innings and looked great, attacking the hitters and making them beat him," Morris commented. "But we also got a great start out of Michael Ure on senior night and he kept us in the game through four innings. His stats won't be noticed because he didn't get the win, but the win was possible because of him battling through some tough situations."
The duo gave up just five hits and struck out eleven Wildcats, while walking a total of six batters.
"Overall this was a great team win on senior night. Look forward to Thursday and playing Woodward Academy and trying to take two games from them."
Wheatley land Crawford led the Charger hitting with two singles, while Newell Rogers and Rumelhart each had a single. Kading's double was the only extra base hit and it came at the perfect time.
The games Morris referred to are scheduled to be played tomorrow in Woodward, with the first game of the doubleheader scheduled for 3:15. Go Chargers!
Five Charger seniors and their parents were honored last night, including Will Byars, Ben Kingery, Noah Nelson, Michael Ure, and Avery Wheatley. We wish them well!
Game scoring by inning:
WCV 201 000 0--5 5 2
ACGC 001 004 x--5 7 1
Charger box score
AB R H RBI
Rogers 3 0 1 0
Littler 3 0 0 0
Wheatley 3 0 2 1
Kingery 2 1 0 0
Rumelhart 3 1 1 1
Crawford 3 1 2 0
Byars 3 0 0 0
Ure 2 0 0 0
Kading 1 0 1 3
Nelson 2 1 0 0
Spack 0 1 0 0
Pitching: IP R H SO BB
Ure 4 3 4 7 5
Littler 3 0 1 4 1
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