Charger Softball Wins Three at Atlantic Tournament
The ACGC softball team went from a won/loss record of 2-5 to 5-5 in one day, as it swept three teams from the Hawkeye Ten conference in a round robin/pool play tournament held on Saturday in Atlantic.
The Chargers opened play at 9 AM with a 12-5 win over 3A Clarinda, continued with a 14-1 rout of 3A Red Oak, and finished with a 7-6 victory over 4A Lewis Central of Council Bluffs. Since the Chargers are a 2A school, it was a good sign to be able to knock off three considerably larger schools.
ACGC lost little time in putting runs on the board, as it came up with three in its first at bat against Clarinda when EmmaKay McClain, pinch runnerJenna Rowley, and Jorja Hoover all scored. Mady Kesley had her first hit among four for the game that included her first inning single, two doubles and a home run. (Needless to say the veteran catcher made the all tournament team. McClain was also selected for the all tourney team.)
Clarinda came back in the bottom of the first to take a 4-3 lead, only to have ACGC score a another three in the second inning to take the lead for good. The Chargers added four runs in the fourth and a deuce in the fifth to claim the seven run win.
Mercedez Richter was the only Charger besides Kelsey to have a multiple hit game, as she came up with a pair of singles. McClain and Emerson Van Meter shared the pitching duties for ACGC, as the duo give up five runs on five hits. They walked three and stuck out eleven Cardinals.
Game two found the Chargers breaking away from a 1-0 lead when they sent thirteen batters to the plate and scored ten runs in the second inning. The big blast of the inning was Kelsey's second home run of the day. She also singled later in the same inning.
McClain and Olivia Van Meter also came up with two hits each in the game. Emerson Van Meter threw the first two innings, with Jorja Hoover finishing the game in the circle for ACGC.
They gave up four hits between them, struck out three and did not issue a base on balls.
The final game of the day versus Lewis Central was much closer as the Chargers opened a 7-1 lead after its third at bat, only to see the Titans rally in their third and fourth at bats to close the deficit to 7-6.
In its final at bat in the fifth inning Lewis Central had the tying and lead runs on second and third when the Titan number nine hitter lofted a fly ball to center field. Charger Sophie Dorsey caught the ball for the final out and the Chargers came home with three wins to their credit!
McClain and Kelsey each had two hits for the Chargers with Tori Fuller and Reagan Carney each coming up with one hit. McClain and Emerson Van Meter again shared the pitching, with McClain going the first three innings and Emerson the last two.
"It was nice to play some non conference opponents," second year Charger coach Eric Van Meter said following the successful day. "We hit the ball well all day and hopefully that will continue into next week."
Game one score by inning:
ACGC 330 42--12 11 3
Clarinda 410 00-- 5 5 2
ACGC hitting: (AB-H-R-RBI) Dorsey(3-0-2-0) McClain(2-1-3-0) Kelsey(4-1-1-5) Rowley(0-1-0-0)Hoover(3-1-1-1) Fuller(4-1-1-0) O.Van Meter(2-1-1-0) Richter(3-2-0-2) Young(2-0-0-0) E.VanMeter(2-1-0-0) Carney(1-0-0-0)
Pitching: (IP-H-R-ER-SO-BB) E.VanMeter (2.00-2-5-0-5-1) McClain (3.00-3-0-0-6-1)
Game two score by inning:
Red Oak 0 1 0--1 4 7
ACGC 1(13)X--14 9 2
Hitting: Dorsey(3-1-3-1) McClain 3-2-3-1) Kelsey(3-2-1-2) Coffman(0-0-1-0) Hoover(3-0-1-0)
Fuller(2-1-1-0) O.Van Meter(2-2-2-1) Richter(2-0-2-0) Young(1-0-0-0) E.Van Meter(2-1-2-0)
Pitching: E.Van Meter(2-2-1-1-2-0) Hoover(1.00-1-0-0-0-0)
Game three score by inning:
L.C. 001 4--5 7 2
ACGC 025 0--7 6 1
Hitting: Dorsey(3-1-0-0) McClain(2-1-0-0) Kelsey(2-1-0-0) Hoover(2-0-1-0) Fuller(3-2-2-0) O.Van Meter (1-0-1-0) Richter(2-0-1-0) Young(2-0-1-1) Carney(2-1-1-1) E.Van Meter(0-0-0-0)
Pitching: McClain(3.00-3-2-1-1-1) E.Van Meter(2.00-4-4-3-0-2)