Carroll Baseball Tops ACGC, 12-9
The ACGC baseball team stepped out of the WCAC on Friday evening to face the Carroll Tigers at Merchants' Park and found itself on the short end of a 12-9 score. The Chargers stayed close to the class 3A team, but a late seventh inning rally fell short for the visitors.
Carroll got on the board first when it scored the first three runs of the game in its first at bat.
The Chargers bounced back to score single runs in the second an third innings. Newell Rogers scored the first Charger run when he singled to lead off the second inning. He advanced to second on a groundout to first, and reached third on a passed ball. Reid Rumelhart singled to score Rogers and the Chargers were on the board.
The second Charger run came after Clayton Wardyn did it all. The Charger senior singled, stole second and third base, and came home on an error by the Tiger pitcher.
After Carroll went up 5-2 after its third at bat, ACGC took the lead in the top of the fourth inning when it tallied four runs. The Chargers came up with six consecutive hits that started with a Reid Rumelhart double and continued with singles by Lucas Marsh, Wardyn, Charlie Crawford, Brock Littler, and Miles Kading. When the dust had settled the Chargers were up by a 6-5 score.
The lead was short lived as the Tigers plated a single run in its fourth at bat to knot the score at 6-6. Two three run innings by the hosts in innings six and seven put Carroll back on top to stay at 12-6.
But the Chargers continued to show some fight and scored three runs in its final at bat. Three walks by Carroll pitching issued to the likes of Littler, Rogers, and Cayden Jensen loaded the bases. Eli Kading drove Littler and Rogers home and Alex Spack drove in Jensen to make the score 12-9. That is as close as the Chargers would get, as a groundout from second to first hit by Marsh ended the Charger rally and the game.
The loss drops the Charger season record to 2-5 overall. Carroll improves to 5-3 for the season.
Despite the loss Charger mentor Taylor Morris saw some good things. "The guys battled against a quality 3A team, but we hurt ourselves in several different ways. The bats are starting to turn around and if we can consistently pound the zone as pitchers, we will be a tough team to beat."
Score by inning:
ACGC 011 400 3-- 9 10 3
Carroll 302 133 X--12 10 1
ACGC hitting: (AB-R-H-RBI) Crawford (4-1-1-2) Littler (3-1-1-1) M.Kading (4-0-1-0) Rogers (3-2-2-0) Jensen ( 3-1-0-0) E.Kading (3-0-1-2) Rumelhart (4-1-1-2) Marsh (4-1-1-1) Wardyn (3-2-2-0)
Pitching: (IP-H-R-ER-SO-BB) E.Kading (4.00-6-6-5-2-3) Slaybaugh (1.00-3-3-2-1-0) Marsh (0.00 3-2-3-0) Jensen (1.00-1-0-0-0-1)