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After Leading 8-0, Charger BB Loses to Madrid

Updated: May 27, 2021

The ACGC baseball team was cruising along with an 8-0 lead over Madrid going into the sixth inning when the unthinkable happened: Madrid rallied for twelve runs over its last three at bats to defeat the Chargers, 12-8.

"We didn't execute well over the last three innings, and Madrid put the pressure on us that we had put on them over the first five innings", Charger coach Taylor Morris said following the game.

Charger starting pitcher Clayton Wardyn cruised through the first five innings as he didn't give up any hits, while striking out eleven Madrid hitters. After Wardyn walked the first two batters and gave up two runs on a Madrid double in the top of the sixth inning, he was replaced with Lucas Marsh.

The Charger bats were active through the first six innings, as they managed to come up with eight hits and an equal number of runs. In their first at bat the Chargers scored two runs when Charlie Crawford and Newell Rogers both scored on passed balls. ACGC added single runs in the second and fourth innings to increase its lead to 4-0.

A big fourth inning in which the Chargers scored four runs seemingly put the game in the win column. Wardyn led off the inning with a walk and Brock Littler reached safely on a bunt. After Teagan Slaybaugh was hit by pitch, Crawford singled to drive in Wardyn and Rogers' sacrifice fly scored Littler. Slaybaugh scored from third scored on a fielding error, and Miles Kading's infield hit plated Crawford to account for the fourth run in the inning.

The Chargers added a run in the fifth inning when Wardyn drew a base on balls and Littler's double scored Wardyn. A comfortable 8-0 Chargers lead heading into Madrid's sixth at bat!

And then the deluge! The Tigers came up with three runs in their sixth at bat to cut their deficit to 8-3. A huge seventh inning for Madrid netted five runs to send the game into extra innings. Charger pitchers walked five batters and gave up two timely hits (for Madrid) to find themselves in an 8-8 tie going into the eighth inning.

The Tigers added four runs to their total in the final inning on just one hit, a hit batsman, a base on balls, and a Charger error. ACGC struck out three times to end the game, while the scoreboard read Visitors 12, Home 8.

Morris was clearly disappointed with the outcome. "We didn't execute the way we needed to in the last three innings. We did hit the ball well as we came up with nine hits, but we need to finish. At the same time, we are a lot further ahead of where we were a year ago."

As Yogi Berra once quipped: "It's never over 'til it's over."

Score by inning:

Madrid 000 003 54--12 7 4

ACGC 210 410 00-- 8 9 3

Charger statistics: Hitting: (AB-R-H-RBI) Crawford (5-2-2-1) Rogers (2-1-0-1) MKading (4-0-2-0)

Bunde (1-0-0-0) Jensen (4-0-2-1) Marsh (5-0-0-0) EKading (4-0-0-0) Wardyn (1-2-0-0) Littler

(3-1-3-1) Slaybaugh (2-1-0-1) Spack (0-1-0-0)

Pitching: (IP-H-R-ER-BB-S0) Wardyn (5.33-2-2-2-4-12) Marsh (1.00-2-3-3-2-3) MKading (0.00-0-3-3-3-0) Littler (1.00-2-4-4-1-2) Slaybaugh (.67-1-0-0-0-0)

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