Charger Softball Falls to Ranked Ex-EHK, 8-5
For the second consecutive outing, the ACGC softball faced a team ranked in the top fifteen in its respective class. Last Thursday it was class 2A opponent I-35, and Saturday it was 1A twelfth ranked Exira-ElkHorn-Kimballton. Unfortunately for the Chargers, the result was the same on Saturday as it was on Thursday, with the Spartans defeating the Chargers 8-5 on the ACGC home field.
After the visitors went up 1-0 to open the game, the Chargers came back to tie it at one apiece in their first at bat. Following a two out double by Jorja Hoover, Mady Kelsey's grounder to short was booted and Hoover came around to score and put the Chargers on the board.
The Spartans increased their lead to 3-1 following single runs in both the second and third innings. ACGC picked up its second run in the third inning when Sophie Dorsey walked and Kelsey's double scored Dorsey. The ball hit by Kelsey hit the top of the left field fence and fell back into play rather than falling the other way which would have been a home run. Instead of the game being tied, ACGC trailed by 3-2.
Ex-EHK broke the game open in its fifth at bat when they scored five runs on four hits, a hit batter, and a Charger error. The Chargers loaded the bases in their half of the inning, but couldn't come with any runs. Dorsey singled, EmmaKay McClain got on by error, and Kelsey was intentionally walked to fill up the bases with two outs. All three were stranded and the Spartans were up by an 8-2 score.
ACGC made it interesting in its final at bat when it scored three runs to get within 8-5. With one out, Dorsey singled to left field, but was put out at second on McClain's ground ball to shortstop. Hoover's second double of the game scored McClain.
The Spartans did't want Kelsey to have another chance at the plate, so they intentionally walked the power hitter to put runners on first and second. Tori Fuller's ground ball to second was booted which scored both Hoover and courtesy runner Hayden Coffman. That was as close as the Chargers would get as Spartan pitcher Macy Emgarten recorded her seventh strike out to end the game.
ACGC had five hits for the game, with Dorsey and Hoover each having two and Kelsey coming up with the fifth. McClain started the game in the pitching circle and went for five innings with Emerson Van Meter throwing the last two innings. The younger Van Meter struck out four Spartans and did not give up a hit in her appearance.
Despite the defeat, credit goes to the Chargers for bouncing back after the one sided losses to I-35 on Thursday. Saturday's loss leaves ACGC with a season record of seven wins and eight losses heading into Monday's home game with Woodward-Granger--a winnable game.
Score by inning:
E-EHK 111 050 0--8 9 3
ACGC 101 000 3--5 5 3
ACGC hitting: (AB-R-H-RBI) Dorsey(3-1-2-0) McClain(4-1-0-0) Hoover(4-2-2-1) Kelsey(2-0-1-1)
Coffman(0-1-0-0) Fuller(3-0-0-0) O.Van Meter(4-0-0-0) Richter(3-0-0-0) Young(3-0-0-0) Carney (2-0-0-0) E.Van Meter(1-0-0-0)
ACGC pitching: (IP-H-R-ER-SO-BB) McClain(5-9-8-6-4-1) E.Van Meter(1-0-0-0-4-0)