Charger Softball Prevails in Slug Fest at W-G, 9-7
If there ever was a "slug fest", the ACGC and Woodward-Granger softball teams were involved in one on Friday night when the two teams combined for TWENTY NINE HITS in the 9-7 Charger victory. The Chargers came up with eleven hits while the host Hawks had eighteen of their own!
What is equally remarkable is that both pitchers--the Chargers' EmmaKay McClain and the Hawks' Nikki Halferty--pitched complete games despite surrendering so many hits. Both pitchers had excellent control, with McClain issuing no walks and Halferty walking only one. Both pitchers struck out just one opposing batter. All of this resulted in the fielders for both teams being very busy!
The Chargers struck first with three runs on four hits in its first at bat. Sophie Dorsey, Emma Kay McClain, Mady Kelsey, and Tori Fuller all hit safely in the inning in the inning. Dorsey, McClain and pinch runner Jenna Rowley all scored to give ACGC a 3-0 lead. The lead was short lived, as the Hawks came up with three runs of their own to tie the game at 3-3.
After a scoreless second inning, both teams came up with one run in the third inning to keep it tied at 4-4. McClain led off the inning with a single and got into scoring position when she stole second base. Kelsey's single gave ACGC a brief 4-3 lead, as W-G scored an unearned run on a double and a Charger fielding error to knot the game again at 4-4.
Once again a single run gave ACGC the lead when Mersadez Richter singled to lead off the fourth inning, reached second when Kylie Young walked, advanced to third on Olivia Van Meter's ground out, and scored on Regan Carney's ground ball. The 5-4 lead did not last long, as the Hawks tallied three runs in their half of the inning to take the lead at 7-5.
Both teams went scoreless in their fifth inning at bats. In fact, the Hawks were done scoring despite the fact that they came up with seven hits in the final three frames.
The Chargers took advantage and scored four runs in the top of the sixth inning to take control of the game. One base hits from Hayden Coffman, Richter, Olivia Van Meter and Carney plus a Hawk error with Kylie Young at bat resulted in the game clinching inning for ACGC.
W-G threatened to score in its last at bat with three base hits, but good fielding by the Chargers prevented any Hawk runners from scoring, and ACGC finally prevailed.
"It was a hard fought win. The girls stepped up when they needed to," ACGC coach Van Meter said in his analysis of the contest. "We had some base running issues which cost us a few outs. Woodward hit the ball extremely well. We had to outscore them which is not our normal game."
The Charger win evens their season record at 13-13 that includes an 8-10 mark in WCAC play. The regular season concludes this week with a road game at Panorama on Monday and a home tilt with West Central Valley on Tuesday. The games take on some importance, as the Chargers continue their quest for a winning season.
The IGHSAU announced regional tournament pairings last Thursday. The Chargers will host a first round game on Tuesday, July 6 versus IKM-Manning at 7 PM.
Score by inning:
ACGC 301 104 0--9 11 2
W-G 301 300 0--7 18 3
ACGC hitting: (AB-R-H-RBI) Dorsey(4-1-1-0) McClain(4-2-2-0) Hoover(4-0-0-1) Kelsey(4-0-2-2) Fuller (2-0-1-1) Coffman(2-1-1-0) Richter(3-2-2-0) Young (2-1-0-0) O.Van Meter (3-1-1-2) Carney (3-0-1-1) Rowley(0-1-0-0)
Pitching; (IP-H-R-ER-SO-BB) McClain(7.00-18-7-6-1-0)