Chargers Softball Breaks Nineteen Game Losing Streak to Ogden
The ACGC softball team evened its WCAC record at 2-2 with a 13-3 five inning rout of Ogden last night in a game played on the Bulldogs home field. The defending 2A state champions were decimated by graduation a year ago, and a much improved ACGC team played well in the easy win for the Chargers. The win over Ogden breaks a nineteen game Charger losing streak at the hands of the Bulldogs.
After each team scored a single run in the second inning, the Chargers took the lead for good when it picked up a couple of runs in their third at bat. After Sophie Dorsey singled to to lead off, consecutive errors by the Bulldogs resulted in the two Charger runs.
Big fourth and fifth innings for ACGC, in which the Chargers scored five runs in both innings, gave the Chargers a 13-3 lead and ended the game by the ten run rule after Ogden failed to score in the fifth.
Consecutive hits by Olivia Van Meter and Mercedez Richter started the fourth Charger at bat. Kylie Young got on by error, allowing both pinch runner Hayden Coffman and Richter to score. Young later scored on a passed ball, Emerson Van Meter got on by a dropped third strike and EmmaKay McClain walked. Jorja Hoover's double drive in both Van Meter and McClain to give ACGC an 8-1 lead.
In what proved to be the final inning, Van Meter got on by error. A double by Richter scored Van Meter and Young's single scored Richter. Reagan Carney's ground out enabled Young to cross the plate. Leadoff hitter Dorsey continued the barrage with a base hit and Mady Kelsey's double scored Dorsey. Hoover's second double of the game scored pinch runner Jenna Rowley for the final run of the game.
Emerson Van Meter went the distance in the pitching circle, as the freshman gave up four hits while walking just one batter and striking out three.
Charger coach Eric Van Meter sounded encouraged by his team's effort. "We started out a little slow offensively, but once we got going we hit the ball really well. We also cleaned up some things defensively and played much better than last week. It was a nice win for the girls, and it's been a long time since we have beaten Ogden."**(See below)
Score by inning:
ACGC 012 55--13 10 2
Ogden 100 20-- 3 3 5
Charger hitting: (AB-R-H-RBI) Dorsey (4-2-2-0) McClain (3-2-0-0) Kelsey (4-0-3-1) Hoover
(4-0-2-2) Fuller (4-1-1-0) O.Van Meter (3-2-1-0) Richter (3-2-3-1) Young (3-2-11) E.Van Meter
(2-1-0-0) Carney (1-0-0-0) Rowley (0-1-0-0)
Pitching: E.VanMeter (IP-H-R-ER-SO-BB) E.VanMeter (5-4-3-2-3-1)
**According to Varsity Bound, this is the first win for either ACGC or Guthrie Center over Ogden. They did not play prior to 2011 when Ogden joined the WCAC. So, last night's win broke a nineteen game losing streak to the Bulldogs.