ACGC Baseball Loses a Pair in Charger Tournament
The ACGC baseball team hosted a four team tournament on Saturday, and found itself on the shot end of both games it played. The Chargers fell to Central Decatur, 8-1, in the opening round and to Lenox in the consolation game by a score of 11-6.
After a scoreless two innings in game one, Central Decatur put four runs on the board to take control of the game. Cardinal pitcher Jaxson Cornett kept the Charger hitters at bay with a two hit, ten strikeout performance. Newell Rogers had both of the Charger hits--singles in the first and sixth innings.
The lone Charger run came in the fourth inning when Brock Littler was hit by pitch, stole second and scored on a throwing error by the Cardinal catcher. The only other scoring threat came in the sixth inning when Cayden Jensen got on by error and was able to advance to third base on a ground out. Lucas Marsh also got on board via a walk, but it all came to naught when the inning ended on Clayton Wardyn's fly ball to center field.
Eli Kading and Teagan Slaybaugh pitched for the Chargers, with Kading going five innings and Slaybaugh the final two. The twosome gave up eight hits, struck out four and walked nine--seven by Kading and two by Slaybaugh. They each had two strikeouts.
The Chargers started out strong in the consolation game versus Lenox, as ACGC led by a 5-0 score through four innings. ACGC scored two unearned runs in the second inning when both Miles Kading and Cayden Jensen reached safely on consecutive Lenox errors. Eli Kading's ground out to shortstop scored brother Miles and Reid Rumelhart's sacrifice fly plated Jensen.
Another pair of runs were added in the third inning when Charlie Crawford singled. Pinch runner Alex Spack scored on Miles Kading's base hit, and he scored when Eli singled. The final Charger run came in the fifth inning when Reid Rumelhart walked, and scored on a series of Lenox errors. The Tigers totaled ten errors for the game.
All of that changed in the Lenox half of the fifth inning when the Tigers erupted for ten runs on eight hits.
Charger freshman pitcher Lance Bunde was sailing along on a two hitter through four innings when Lenox sent fifteen batters to the plate in its game changing fifth at bat. A three run home run by Tiger pitcher Cullen Wood was the big blow of the inning. By inning's end, Lenox held a 10-5 lead.
The final Charger run was scored in the sixth inning when Reid Rumelhart was hit by pitch and scored on a series of Lenox errors. The Tigers added a run in the bottom of the sixth to get to the 11-6 final score.
"We had all the momentum and they took it away in one play," Charger coach Taylor Morris said following the game. "They were able to back pick one of our guys and they took the momentum and had a huge ten run inning. It's one of those things you try to stop, but the ball just keeps rolling and runs you over."
Crawford and the Kading brothers each had a pair of hits for the Chargers. One of Crawford's hits was a second inning double.
The two losses drop the Charger season record to six wins and fourteen losses, as the team returns to conference play this week. Ankeny Christian (17-1) defeated Central Decatur, 3-1, in the title game of the tournament.
Central Decatur game score by inning:
CDec 004 004 0--8 7 3
ACGC 000 100 0--1 2 2
ACGC hitting: (AB-R-H-RBI) Crawford(3-0-0-0) Littler (2-1-0-0) Rogers(3-0-2-0) MKading(3-0-0-0) Jensen(3-0-0-0) EKading(3-0-0-0) Rumelhart (2-0-0-0) Marsh(2-0-0-0) Wardyn (3-0-0-0)
ACGC pitching: (IP-H-R-ER-SO-BB) EKading(5.00-4-5-5-2-7) Slaybaugh (2.00-3-3-3-2-1)
Lenox game score by inning:
ACGC 022 101 0-- 6 7 3
Lenox 000 0(10)1 x--11 10 10
ACGC hitting: Littler(4-0-0-0) Crawford(2-0-2-0) Spack(1-1-0-0) Slaybaugh(1-0-0-0) Rogers(3-0-0-0) MKading(4-2-2-1) Jensen(3-1-0-0) EKading(4-0-2-2) Rumelhart(0-2-0-1) Marsh(2-0-2-0) Wardyn(3-0-0-0)
ACGC pitching: Bunde(4.33-6-7-5-2-2) Wardyn(1.67-4-4-4-4-3)