Chargers Advance in District Baseball With 11-1 Win
Updated: Jul 14, 2021
A convincing 11-1 six inning win over South Central Calhoun on Monday has propelled the ACGC baseball team into the semifinal round of the district three baseball tournament. The Chargers will face WCAC rival Woodward-Granger Tuesday night in Van Meter with a scheduled start time of 5 PM.
The Chargers got on the board early and often in this one, as they put up three scores in their first at bat on just one hit. Newell Rogers double was the only hit for ACGC, but Titan pitching walked three batters in the inning and and a fielding error added to the visitors' woes.
The lead increased to 5-0 in inning number two when Brock Littler walked and Miles Kading crushed a home run over the left field fence. After a scoreless ACGC at bat in the third inning, Lucas Marsh led off the fourth when he was hit by a pitch. After stealing second and going to third on a throwing error by the SCC catcher, Marsh scored on Tegan Slaybaugh's ground ball. Slaybaugh scored in turn on Rogers' second hit of the night to increase the Charger lead to 7-0.
The Chargers added two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to end the game by the ten run rule after the sixth. Consecutive hits by Charlie Crawford, Eli Kading, and Marsh plated both Crawford and Kading in the fifth inning to increase the lead to 9-0.
After the Titans scored their lone run in the top of the sixth, ACGC ended the game with a deuce in the bottom of the sixth to make the final of 11-1. Miles Kading got on by a fielder's choice and Cayden Jensen reached safely on a single to left field. Reid Rumelhart then provided the finishing touch with a two run double to end the game.
Rogers and Eli Kading had multiple hits, with Rogers getting three and the elder Kading getting two. Miles Kading's second inning blast was the big hit of the game. The team totaled ten hits on the night.
Three Chargers did the pitching with Miles Kading, Andrew Mahaffey and Tegan Slaybaugh combining for a five hitter. The duo combined for six strikeouts and walked just three Titan batters.
"If we play that way in all three phases tomorrow we will like the end result," coach Taylor Morris said following the win. "Our guys need to continue to have confidence at the plate and we will give ourselves a great chance to win tomorrow night against Woodward-Granger."
Score by inning:
SCC 000 001--1 5 4
ACGC 320 222--11 10 4
ACGC hitting: (AB-R-H-RBI) Littler(3-2-0-0) Rogers(4-1-3-1) MKading(4-2-1-3) Jensen(3-2-1-0) Rumelhart(3-0-1-2) Crawford(2-1-1-0) EKading(3-1-2-0) Marsh(2-1-1-1) Slaybaugh(3-1-0-1)
Pitching: (IP-H-R-ER-SO-BB) MKading(1.00-2-0-0-1-1)Mahaffey (4.33-8-1-1-4-2) Slaybaugh(1.67-0-0-0-2-1)