Charger Softball Plays Complete Game in 8-1 Win
Last night's ACGC 8-1 softball win over Ogden was a game well played by the Chargers in all phases of the game. The Chargers came up with nine hits, including home runs by Tori Fuller and EmmaKay McClain. They committed only one error--a meaningless boot of a ground ball in the final inning. And freshman pitcher Emerson Van Meter pitched a five hitter, while striking out six Bulldogs. It's what a well played softball game looks like.
After Ogden's Emma Moorman hit a round tripper to give Ogden a 1-0 lead to start the game, Van Meter threw shoutout ball thereafter, backed up by solid defensive play. The Chargers knotted the game in the second inning when Mercedez Richter singled and Kylie Young's double scored Richter.
After that it was all Chargers. They picked up a pair of runs in the third inning after Jorja Hoover tripled and Mady Kelsey got on by error. Tori Fuller's single drove in both Hoover and pinch runner Jenna Rowley to give ACGC a 3-1 lead.
The Chargers duplicated the feat in the fifth inning when they plated another deuce. McClain's single to right field was misplayed by the Bulldog fielder, allowing the Charger senior to make it to third base and another Ogden error scored McClain. Fuller's first home run of the season, and second career round tripper, increased the Charger lead to 5-1.
The Bulldogs threatened to score in their sixth at bat when Regan Church singled to lead off the inning and home run hitter Moorman was intentionally walked. The Charger defense came through when a nifty McClain to Richter play forced out Church at third base, and the Charger defense retired the next two Bulldogs on routine plays.
ACGC completed the scoring with three runs in its final at bat. Kylie Young led off with a walk, after which pinch runner Hayden Coffman stole second base. Van Meter's double scored Coffman for the first run of the inning. That set the stage for McClain's home run which also scored Van Meter. The Charger senior beamed as she raced around the bases with her first home run of the season.
Charger coach Eric Van Meter was clearly pleased with his team's performance. "The girls played loose and had fun last night. Our pitching and defense was solid. It's always great to get one home run in a game. Two feels even better. The girls have worked hard all year. It's nice to see the results from it."
The win evens the season record a 11-11 that includes a 7-8 mark in WCAC play.
Score by inning:
Ogden 100 000 0--1 5 4
ACGC 012 023 x--8 8 1
ACGC hitting:(AB-R-H-RBI) Dorsey(3-0-0-0) McClain(3-2-2-2) Hoover(3-1-1-0) Kelsey(3-0-0-0)
Rowley(0-1-0-0) Fuller(3-1-2-1) Richter(3-1-1-0) Young(2-0-1-1) Coffman(0-1-0-0) OVan Meter
(3-0-0-0) EVan Meter(3-1-1-1)
Pitching: (IP-H-R-ER-SO-BB) EVan Meter(7-5-1-1-6-2)