Charger Softball Loses Two to Pleasantville, 7-4 and 12-2
Updated: Jun 20, 2021
Hopes for a first division finish in the WCAC took a hit for the ACGC softball team last Thursday when the Chargers dropped both ends of a doubleheader at Pleasantville, 7-4 and 12-2. The double loss gives the team a 6-8 won loss record in conference play, which places the girls in sixth place in the eleven team league.
With the double loss, Des Moines Christian moved ahead of ACGC into fifth place with a 7-6 conference mark. The possibility for a first division finish is still there for the Chargers, but they will have to take care of business in their final six league games.
Things started out well for the Chargers in Pleasantville when the team scored three runs in its third at bat in game one.. After Emerson Van Meter reached safely on a fielder's choice, Sophie Dorsey got on by error which moved Van Meter to third. She scored on a passed ball and Dorsey scored on EmmaKay McClain's single. Jorja Hoover's double drove in McClain and the Chargers were off to a good start at 3-0.
The lead was short lived when the Trojans tallied five runs in the fourth inning and took the lead for good. Jesse Sowers' three run home run was the big blow, although Pleasantville had scored two runs before Sower's blast. The Trojans added two runs in the top of the seventh inning to go up by a 7-3 score.
ACGC had baserunners in every inning after the fourth, but was unable to plate any of them until it came up with one score in the bottom of the seventh inning. Jenna Rowley singled and eventually scored when Olivia Van Meter reached safely on a fielder's choice. The Chargers stranded ten runners on the base paths in the opener.
Richter and Madie Kelsey each had two hits for ACGC, while Hoover's double was the only extra base hit for the visitors. Emerson Van Meter pitched the first four innings, with McClain finishing the final three innings. The twosome gave up eleven hits, while walking one and striking out one.
Pleasantville was as hot in game two as the ninety degree weather, dominating the game from start to finish. The Trojans pounded out fifteen hits and were able to end the game after five innings due to the ten run rule. ACGC trailed by just 3-1 after the third inning, but a seven run Trojan fourth inning left no doubt as to the outcome. The Chargers only run came when Dorsey walked, advanced to second on McClain's single and scored on Hoover's hit to center field.
A defensive highlight for the Chargers was a rare triple play in game two. Down 3-0 in the second inning, Kylie Young caught a fly ball in left field for the first out. She threw the ball to McClain at third who tagged a runner who got caught in a "pickle" between third and home. Two outs. McClain then tagged out a Trojan who was trying to go from second base to third. A good way to get out of an inning!
McClain led the Charger hitting with a pair of singles while Kylie Young had the only extra base hit--a double in the third inning. Hoover started in the pitcher's circle for ACGC and went for two innings, with both Emerson Van Meter and McClain providing relief work.
First game score by inning:
Pl'ville 000 500 2--7 11 4
ACGC 003 000 1--4 8 1
ACGC hitting: (AB-R-H-RBI) Dorsey(4-1-0-0) McClain(4-1-1-1) Hoover(3-0-1-1) Kelsey(4-0-2-0) Fuller(3-0-0-0) Rowley(1-1-1-0) Richter(2-0-2-0) Young (1-0-0-0) Fagan(2-0-0-0) OVan Meter
(4-0-1-1) EVan Meter(2-1-0-0) Carney(1-0-0-0)
ACGC pitching: (IP-H-R-ER-SO-BB) EVan Meter(4.00-8-5-5-1-1) McClain(3.00-3-2-2-0-0)
Second game score by inning:
ACGC 001 00--1 5 2
Pl'ville 300 71--11 15 0
ACGC hitting: Dorsey(2-1-1-0) McClain(3-0-2-0) Hoover (2-0-1-1) Kelsey(2-0-0-0) Richter(2-0-0-0) EVan Meter(2-0-0-0) Rowley(2-0-0-0) OVanMeter(2-0-0-0) Young(2-0-1-0)
ACGC pitching: Hoover(2.00-6-3-3-0-0) EVanMeter(1.67-4-6-0-1-3) McClain(0.67-5-2-1-0-0)