Charger Baseball Splits a Pair in Emmetsburg
The ACGC baseball team headed two hours north on Saturday to play teams which the Chargers have never faced before from the Twin Lakes and Siouxland Conferences. The more than one hundred mile trip was worth it, as the Chargers went one and one for the day. ACGC beat Okoboji, 10-2, in the first game and fell to Emmetsburg, 7-5, in the finale.
After each team scored a single run in the second inning, ACGC took the lead for good over Okoboji as Newell Rogers scored from third when Clayton Wardyn was hit by pitch with the bases loaded.
The Chargers put the game away in innings three and four by scoring three runs in the fourth and five in the fifth. They batted around in the fifth with Lucas Marsh and Wardyn starting things off with singles.
Pioneer pitching was pretty shaky, as the next four Charger batters didn't need to take the bat off their shoulders. Littler and Rogers were both hit by pitch, Mile Kading walked, and Cayden Jensen was hit by pitch. After Eli Kading's ground out to drive in a run, two more Charger batters were hit by pitch. By innings end ACGC led 10-1. The Pioneers scored a meaningless run in its last at bat.
Rogers and Wardyn each had a pair of hits for the Chargers. All of the eight Charger hits were singles. Eli Kading picked up the win on the mound, as the rangy senior gave up six hits, walked three and whiffed eight Pioneers.
"We started out well against Okoboji and took advantage of the free bases they gave us," Charger coach Taylor Morris commented. "Eli Kading did well for us on the mound once he got settled in, and the offense took it from there."
The Chargers hung tough with Emmetsburg in he second game of the day, as they overcame an early 3-0 deficit to score a five spot in the fourth and led 5-4 going into the sixth. The E-Hawks came up with three runs in the bottom of the sixth and shut down the Chargers in their final at bat to preserve the 6-5 win.
In their five run fifth inning the Chargers added together three walks by E-Hawk pitchers, a double by Wardyn, a sac fly by Tegan Salybaugh, and singles by Rogers and Miles Kading to come up with their five runs.
ACGC was limited to five hits, led by Littler's two singles. Wardyn's double was the only extra base hit for the Chargers. Andrew Mahaffry went the first five innings on the mound for the Chargers, while Cayden Jensen and Lucas Marsh pitched the final inning.
Morris saw some positives despite the loss. "This was a back and forth game that Emmetsburg took after scoring three in the bottom of the sixth. Our offense did a nice job of coming back and taking the lead (in the fourth inning), but give credit to Emmetsburg as they earned their runs in the sixth inning."
The split leaves the Chargers with a season record of 4-10. The team returns to WCAC action this week with four conference games on the schedule, and the Charger Tournamnet on Saturday.
Game one score by inning:
Okoboji 010 001 0--2 6 5
ACGC 011 350 x--10 8 6
ACGC hiting: (AB-R-H-RBI) Littler(4-2-1-1) Rogers(3-3-2-0) M.Kading(4-0-0-1) Jensen (3-1-1-1) E.Kading (2-0-1-1) Rumelhart(3-0-0-0) Marsh(3-1-1-1) Wardyn(3-2-2-1) Slaybaugh(4-0-0-1) Kinney(0-1-0-0)
ACGC pitching:(IP-H-R-ER-SO-BB) E.Kading(6.00-6-2-1-3-8) Bunde(1.00-0-0-0-0-1)
Game two score by inning:
ACGC 005 000 0--5 8 2
E'brg 310 003 x--7 8 4
Hitting: Littler(3-1-2-0) Rogers(3-0-1-0) M.Kading(4-0-1-1) Jensen(3-0-0-0) E.Kading(2-1-0-0) Rumelhart(3-1-0-0) Marsh(1-1-0-0) Wardyn(3-1-1-0) Slaybaugh(0-0-0-1)
Pitching: Mahaffey(5.00-6-4-2-5-3) Jensen(0.33-2-3-3-1-0) Marsh(0.67-0-0-0-1-2)