ACGC Outlasts Panorama Softball in Home Run Derby, 14-12
Guthrie County rivals Panorama and ACGC put on show of power softball ball last night as the teams combined for twenty nine hits and six home runs in the 14-11 Charger win over the Panthers.
No lead felt safe in this one, as it changed hands six times. The game was not decided until the seventh inning when ACGC erupted for six runs to take a 14-9 lead. Panorama scored three
in its final at bat before the victors could relax and savor the win. It was quite a show of power!
Following a scoreless first inning, the visiting Chargers scored a pair in their second at bat. After Kylie Young singled and Olivia Van Meter doubled, Emerson Van Meter's base hit scored Young and the younger Van Meter scored on a ground out.
The Panthers duplicated the Chargers deuce when Arilyan Steenblock singled, Zoey Hamilton doubled, and Jaidyn Sellers' base hit drove in both.
The Chargers tallied two runs in the third inning when Mersadez Richter reached safely on an error, and Kylee Young hit the first of the Charger home runs to give ACGC a 4-2 lead. Panorama closed the gap to 4-3 in its half of the inning when Shey Storesund walked, stole second, and scored on Claire Woodworth's single.
After ACGC went down in order in its fourth at bat, the Panthers' took the lead when Zoey Hambleton's Texas Leaguer dropped in, and Shey Storesund followed up with a two run homer. Panthers up 5-4.
In the top of the fifth it was the Chargers turn to take the lead when Richter singled, Young doubled to score Richter and Young made it home on a Panther error. Not to be out done, the home team knotted the game at 6-6 when Lindy Nelson singled and Jazmyn Sellers doubled. Some questionable decisions by the Charger defense allowed Panorama to retake the lead at
7-6 when Sellers scored.
Mady Kelsey put ACGC back in the lead in the sixth inning when she homered with Jorja Hoover aboard to give the Chargers a short lived lead at 8-7. Jadyn Sellers responded with her own round tripper for Panorama and the Panthers added another run when Storesund walked, stole second base, and scored on Jazmyn Sellers base hit. Panthers up 9-8 heading into the final frame.
With one Charger runner on, pinch hitter Tori Fuller, who had not played up to this point due to an injury in the previous game, ripped a two run round tripper to give the lead back to ACGC at 10-9. The Chargers then loaded the bases when Sophie Dorsey walked, McClain was hit by pitch, and Hoover got an infield hit.
That set the stage for what was the most dramatic moment of the game. ACGC senior catcher Kelsey stepped to the plate and hit the first pitch over the fence for a grand slam home run. The blast was Kelsey's eighth home run on the season. The Charger lead had ballooned to 14-9, and Charger fans breathed a sigh of relief--with hesitation.
Panorama is not a team to wave the white flag so easily. After consecutive one base hits by Tyme Boettcher and Caitlyn Sloss, several fielding errors by ACGC and a sac fly by Claire Woodward allowed three Panthers to cross home plate. With the score now 14-12 and a Panther on base, Chargers Kylie Young and Olivia Van Meter executed a routine third to first put out to end a game that was anything but routine.
Both coaches had similar thoughts about the slugfest. Panther mentor Kylee Boettcher offered this analysis. "It was quite the offensive display for both teams. That is how the game has changed over the years." Boettcher may have been referring to the fact that several years ago the pitching distance was moved from forty feet to forty three feet, giving hitters a better look at the ball as it approaches the plate.
"If you like offense, this was a game for you," Charger coach Eric Van Meter said. "It was great to hit the ball tonight, but our defense could have been sharper. It was a great conference win."
The win improves the ACGC season record to 14-13 including a 9-10 mark in WCAC play. The Panthers fall to 9-16 overall, with a 5-12 conference record.
Score by inning:
ACGC 022 022 6--14 14 5
Pan 021 222 3-- 12 15 4
ACGC hitting: (AB-R-H-RBI) Dorsey(4-1-1-1) McClain(4-1-1-0) Hoover(5-2-1-0) Kelsey(5-2-3-6)
Richter(5-2-2-0) Young(5-3-4-2) Carney(5-0-3-1) OVan Meter(3-2-1-0) EVan Meter(3-0-1-1)
ACGC pitching: (IP-H-R-ER-SO-BB) EVan Meter(4.00-9-5-5-4-1) McClain(3.00-6-7-4-3-1)
Panorama hitting: JaiSellers(3-1-2-4) Storesend(3-3-1-1) CWoodworth(4-0-2-1) Nelson(4-0-2-0) JazSellers(4-1-2-1) Steenblock(4-1-2-0) Boettcher(4-0-1-0) Sloss(4-1-1-0) Hambleton(4-3-2-0) Richey(0-0-0-0) Iredale(0-1-0-0) Barenfuss(0-0-0-0) MWoodworth(0-1-0-0)
Panorama pitching: Richey(6.33-14-13-9-4-2) Boettcher(0.67-2-1-1-0-0)