Chargers Go 1-1 at Audubon Tourney; Kelsey Hits Fifth Homer
Updated: Jun 20
Another warm day at the ballpark--this time at the Audubon tournament on Saurday. The Chargers opened play at 9 AM, so the heat hadn't hit its peak. The team split two games in the Wheeler Invitational, losing to the host 6-4 in the early game and coming back to handle Maple Valley-Anthon Oto-Charter Oak Ute (hereafter referred to as Maple Valley) 13-6 in the second game.
The Chargers were the designated home team versus Audubon and fell behind in the first inning when the Wheelers put three scores on the board in their first at bat. Two more tallies in the second inning increased the Wheeler lead to 6-0 after inning number two.
Meanwhile, the Chargers could muster only two hits over the first four innings and showed a goose egg on the scoreboard. Things picked up in the fifth inning for ACGC when Kylie Young opened the at bat with a single. She advanced to second on a passed ball and came home on Emerson Van Meter's single to center field. Van Meter also scored later in the inning on a wild pitch. 6-2 Wheelers.
ACGC picked up two more runs in the sixth inning when Madie Kelsey and Tori Fuller both singled. Mercadez Richter's one base hit scored courtesy runner Jenna Rowley and a sacrifice fly from the bat of Young drove in Fuller. 6-4 Wheelers. And that was how it ended. The Chargers went down in order in their seventh inning at bat. Despite the loss, this was a well played game by both teams. Its what good softball looks like.
Kelsey led the Charger hitting with a single and a double. The team had a total of seven his for the game. McClain and Emerson Van Meter both saw action in the pitching circle, with McClain going the first two innings and Van Meter the final five frames. Emerson had one of her better outings, as the freshman pitched five innings and allowed one run while striking out seven Wheelers.
The Chargers bounced back to take game two from the Maple Valley, scoring ten runs on six hits over the first three innings. The Charger bats were alive in the early going when McClain got on by error, Hoover walked, and Kelsey's single scored both McClain and Hoover. Tori Fuller's single scored pinch runner Jenna Rowley, and Fuller eventually scored on a wild pitch.
ACGC added a run in the second inning when Sophie Dorsey doubled and Hoover drove Dorsey home from third on an infield hit. Five more runs were added by the Chargers in the third inning on just one hit. The Rams were guilty of three errors in the inning which aided the Charger cause, and gave ACGC a 10-1 lead after three innings of play.
Maple Valley picked up two runs in the third inning and one each in both the fourth and fifth innings to get within four runs at 10-6. The Chargers responded with three runs in the top of the sixth on four consecutive hits. Kelsey got it started with her fifth home run of the season over the left field fence. Fuller followed that up with a single, Richter came up with a double to score Fuller, and Young doubled to drive in Richter. The inning ended with ACGC leading 13-6 and that is how the game ended when the Rams failed to score in their last at bat. The game was called after six innings due to a time limit.
The Chargers came up with eleven hits, with Fuller and Richter each having three while Kelsey had a single in addition to her home run.
The split leaves ACGC with ten wins and eleven losses for the season, as the team continues to work towards a winning record for the season.
Audubon game score by inning:
Audubon 320 001 0--6 13 1
ACGC 000 022 0--4 7 1
ACGC hitting: (AB-R-H-RBI) Dorsey(4-0-1-0) McClain(4-0-0-0) Hoover(4-0-0-0) Kelsey (3-0-2-0) Rowley(0-1-0-0) Fuller(3-1-1-0) Richter (3-0-1-1) Young(3-1-1-1) OVan Meter(2-0-0-0) EVan Meter(3-1-1-1)
ACGC pitching: (IP-H-R-ER-SO-BB) McClain(2-5-5-3-1-0) EVanMeter(5-7-1-1-7-0)
Maple Valley game score by inning:
ACGC 415 003--13 11 1
MV 103 110-- 6 4 5
ACGC hitting: Dorsey(4-1-1-0) McClain(4-2-0-0) Hoover(3-1-1-1) Kelsey(4-1-2-3) Fuller(4-3-3-2)
Richter(4-1-3-1) Young(3-1-1-1) OVan Meter(4-1-0-0) EVan Meter(2-1-0-0) Carney(1-0-0-0)
ACGC pitching: EVan Meter(3-1-4-1-1-3) McClain(3-4-2-2-4-0)