Last Chance Rally Wins It For ACGC Girls at Madrid, 7-5
A furious last at bat rally by the ACGC softball team saved the day, as its five run rally proved to be enough for the Chargers to come from behind to defeat Madrid last night by a 7-5 score.
The visitors had to overcome a 5-1 Tiger lead to pull a rabbit out of the hat and come up up with the victory.
After ACGC went scoreless to open the game, Madrid came up with five unearned runs to take an early 5-0 lead. The Chargers put a run on the scoreboard in the second inning when EmmaKay McClain singled, stole second, and scored on Jorja Hoover's single. In the third inning Madie Kelsey hit her fourth home run of the season to close the gap to 5-2.
The score remained the same through the fifth and sixth innings, as neither team could add to their scores. And then came the Charger seventh inning at bat. And what an at bat it was!
Emerson Van Meter started things off when she reached safely on an error by the Madrid shortstop. Madrid fielding continued to aid the Chargers when Olivia VanMeter also got on by error. With runners on first and second, Kylie Young reached safely on an infield hit to fill up the bases.
Top of the order for the Chargers. Leadoff hitter Sophie Dorsey came through with a base hit to score Emerson Van Meter. McClain's double drove in courtesy runner Carley Fagan, Young, and Dorsey to give ACGC a 6-5 lead. Joorja Hoover's sacrifice bunt scored McClain to complete the scoring.
Madrid threatened in its last at bat when it got runners on first and second with one out. A ground ball out at first moved the runners to second and third. The final out of the game was a pop up hit to Hoover, and the Chargers came home with a win.
The Chargers totaled ten hits on the day with Dorsey, McClain and Kelsey all getting two hits. In addition to Kelsey's home run, McClain, Dorsey, and Kelsey all had doubles.
McClain and Emerson Van Meter both spent time in the pitcher's circle, with McClain pitching the first three innings and Van Meter finishing the game. In Van Meter's four innings, she did not give up a run and is credited with the win.
"We had another slow start, but had a different finish against Madrid this time," coach Van Meter said, referring to the early season 7-3 loss to the Tigers. "The girls put the bat on the ball in the seventh inning and good things happened. It was a great comeback."
The victory improves the team's overall record to nine wins and eight losses and its WCAC mark to five wins and six losses heading into a doubleheader at Pleasantville on Thursday with the first game scheduled for 5:30 PM.
Score by inning:
ACGC 001 100 5--7 10 3
Madrid 401 000 0--5 7 3
ACGC hitting: (AB-R-H-RBI) Dorsey(3-1-2-1) McClain(4-2-2-2) Hoover(3-0-1-2) Kelsey (4-1-2-1) Fuller(4-0-1-0) Richter(4-0-1-0) Carney(2-0-0-0) EVan Meter(1-1-0-0) OVan Meter(3-0-0-0) Rowley(2-0-0-0) Young(1-1-1-0) Fagan(0-1-0-0)
ACGC pitching: (IP-H-R-ER-SO-BB) McClain(3.00-4-5-0-3-1) EVanMeter(4.00-3-0-0-4-4)