Charger Baseball Loses Two to DMC; Principal Park Next
Updated: May 29
The WCAC baseball conference is loaded with outstanding teams this season, with three WCAC teams ranked in the top ten in class 2A. Van Meter is ranked first, Panorama is eighth and last night's Charger opponent, Des Moines Christian, is number nine. The Lions showed why they are in the top ten, as they swept both games of a doubleheader with the Chargers, 7-0 and 12-2 in games played in Guthrie Center.
Despite being shut out in the opener, the Chargers out hit the Lions nine to seven, but couldn't push anyone across home plate. The Chargers got two hits in three different innings, but couldn't come through with any clutch hits. DMC pitching didn't allow any bases on balls which also helped to keep ACGC at bay.
ACGC's best chance to score came in the fifth inning when they loaded the bases with two outs on consecutive singles by Brock Littler, Tegan Slaybaugh, and Charlie Crawford. But all three were stranded when the next batter grounded out.
Meanwhile, the Lions got all the scoring they needed in their first at bat when they tallied three runs on three hits and three walks. They added another triple in the fifth inning and a single run in the sixth. Charger pitching walked eight Lions in game one.
Brock Littler led the ACGC hitting with three singles and Eli Kading had a double. One of Littler's hits came in the seventh inning which was followed by Kading's double, but both were stranded and the Chargers ended up with a goose egg.
Newell Rogers and Eli Kading shared pitching durties, with Newell taking the loss. He walked seven and struck out one in the five innings he threw.
Game two found the Lions taking a commanding lead in the first four innings, as they managed to put eleven runs on the board through inning number four. The Chargers again did a decent job of hitting as they came up with eight hits for the game, but were able push across just two scores--one in the third inning and one in the fifth.
Newell Rogers was two for two at the plate, while Crawford, Andrew Mahaffey, Reid Rumelhart, Littler, and the Kading brothers each came up with singles
Four Chargers saw action on the mound including Littler, Lance Bunde, Alex Spack, and Cayden Jensen. Starter Littler was charged with the loss.
The double loss leaves the Chargers winless to this point with a 0-4 record, 0-3 in the WCAC. Next up for ACGC is a trip to Principal Park for a conference game with Ogden on Wednesday, June 2. Game time is scheduled for 2 PM.
First game score by inning:
ACGC 000 000 0--0 9 2
DMC 300 031 x--7 7 0
ACGC hitting: (AB-R-H-RBI) Crawford (4-0-1-0) Rogers (4-0-0-0) M.Kading (2-0-1-0) Jensen (3-0-1-0) Rumelhart (3-0-0-0) Wardyn (3-0-0-0) Marsh (3-0-1-0) Littler (3-0-3-0) Slaybaugh (2-0-1-0) E.Kading (1-0-1-0)
ACGC pitching: (IP-H-R-ER-BB-SO) Rogers (4.67-7-6-6-7-2) E.Kading (1.33-0-1-0-1-0)
Second game score by inning:
DMC 213 510--12 13 0
ACGC 001 01x-- 2 8 2
ACGC hitting: Crawford (2-0-1-0) Rogers (2-1-2-0) M.Kading (2-0-1-1) Jensen (3-0-0-0) Mahaffey (1-0-1-0) Wardyn (0-0-0-0) Rumelhart (2-0-1-0) Marsh (2-0-0-0) E.Kading (3-0-1-0) Littler (2-1-1-0)
ACGC pitching: Littler (3.00-9-6-6-3-2) Bunde (0.67-3-5-1-1-1) Spack (0.67-1-1-1-1-1) Jensen