It Really is 'Never Over 'Til It's Over!' Charger BB Wins, 5-4
It didn't look good for the ACGC baseball team last night as it headed into its last at bat, trailing Woodward-Ganger 4-2. The Chargers hadn't scored since the second inning, and although they had accumulated seven hits through six innings, they had stranded five runners since the second frame.
But unlike football and basketball, there is no time clock in baseball, so the last out has to be made before the game is over. And the HAWKS COULDN'T GET THE LAST OUT! ACGC rallied for three seventh inning runs to claim its fourth win in WCAC play and fifth overall.
W-G regained the lead in its third at bat when it pickup up a deuce and added a single run in the fourth inning to take a 4-2 lead. Meanwhile, the Chargers went scoreless in innings three through six.
The Hawks hurt their own cause with two crucial seventh inning errors. The game should have been over after the third ACGC batter in the seventh, with no Charger runs scored. But Lady Luck smiled on the Chargers when the Hawk shortstop committed an error on Clayton Wardyn's grounder to start the inning.
After Tegan Slaybaugh sacrificed Wardyn to second, Brock Litter also got on by error. When Newell Rogers was hit by pitch (for the third time) it filled the bases with .400 hitter Miles Kading coming to bat. Kading came through with a single to drive in both Wardyn and Littler and tie the game at four apiece! It also moved Newell into scoring position at second.
More drama came when Jensen was hit by pitch which moved the younger Kading to second base and Newell to third with the elder (Eli) Kading stepping to the plate. On a two ball, two strike count Kading hit a slow roller to the Hawk second basemen which allowed Rogers to score from third base to win the game. Chargers win, 5-4!
ACGC out hit the Hawks nine to four, with both Kadings and Reid Rumelhart getting two hits apiece. Mound duties were shared by Wardyn and Slaybugh. Wardyn pitched into the fifth inning, giving up four hits and all four W-G runs. Slaybaugh was sharp in two and a third innings, as he did not give up a hit.
"We played a crisp game defensively and had timely hitting to win a huge conference game tonight," Coach Taylor Morris said following the exciting finish. "We didn't do anything great in the seventh inning (Chargers were aided by two W-G errors and two hit batsmen), but it was a team effort and all the guys did a job at the plate to set up the game winning at bat by Eli. Our guys needed this to boost their confidence and show them to never give up until that final out is on the board."
Score by inning:
W-G 102 100 0--4 4 3
ACGC 020 000 3--5 9 1
ACGC hitting: (AB-R-H-RBI) Littler(4-1-1-0) Rogers(1-1-1-0) M.Kading(4-0-2-2) Jensen(3--1-0) E.Kading(4-1-2-1) Rumelhart(3-0-2-0) Marsh(3-0-0-0) Wardyn(3-1-0-1) Slaybaugh(2-0-0-0)
ACGC pitching: (IP-H-R-ER-BB-SO) Wardyn (4.67-4-4-2-8-8) Slaybaugh(2.33-0-0-0-0-0)