Ranked Roadrunners Sweep Charger Softball 13-2, 22-4
ACGC softball fans found out last night why the Interstate 35 team is ranked fifteenth in class 2A when the Roadrunners beat the Chargers by double digits twice. Unofficial statistics indicate that the visitors totaled thirty one hits in their 13-2 and 22-4 doubleheader wins which were played in ninety degree heat. Their bats were as hot as the temperature.
Game one found the Roadrunners taking a 4-0 lead after their first at bat when they came up with five hits. Trailing 5-0 in the fourth inning, ACGC came up with a pair of unearned runs when EmmaKay McClain and Jorja Hoover reached safely on errors. They eventually came around to score when Mady Kelsey doubled and the Chargers were on the board.
After that--all Roadrunners. They batted around in the fourth inning, scoring eight runs on six hits to increase their lead to 13-2 and were able to end the game after five innings via the ten run rule.
Jorja Hoover and Kelsey had the only Charger hits as Roadrunner pitching was backed up with good defense. McClain and Emerson Van Meter each pitched two innings for ACGC. The twosome gave up thirteen hits, struck out one Roadrunner and walked two. Seven of the thirteen I-35 runs were earned.
Game two started out the way Charger fans had hoped when ACGC took a a 4-1 lead after three innings. After McClain doubled in the first inning, she reached third or a fielder's choice and scored on Tori Fuller's ground out.
When Mercedes Richter singled in the second Charger at bat, Kylie Young followed with a single, and Richter scored on an I-35 fielding error. Two more runs were added in the third inning when Hoover was hit by pitch and Kelsey blasted her third home run of the season over the left field fence.
And then the proverbial "roof caved in" when the visitors came up with six unearned runs in the fourth inning, added four runs in the fifth, two in the sixth (to make it 13-4), and nine more in the seventh to reach the 22-4 final score.
Eleven of twelve Chargers went down in order over last four innings, with Sophie Dorsey being the only Charger to reach base on a single to center in the final inning.
Six different Chargers had one hit each. In addition to Kelsey's home run, McClain had the only other extra base hit--her first inning double.
Game one score by inning:
ACGC 000 20-- 2 2 2
I-35 410 8X--13 13 3
ACGC hitting: (AB-R-H-RBI) Dorsey(2-0-0-0) McClain(2-1-0-0) Hoover(2-1-1-0) Kelsey(2-0-1-2)
Fuller (2-0-0-0) O.Van Meter(2-0-0-0) Richter(2-0-0-0) Young(2-0-0-0) Coffman (1-0-0-0) E.Van Meter(1-0-0-0)
ACGC pitching: (IP-H-R-ER-SO-BB) McClain(2-7-5-2-0-1) E.Van Meter(2-6-8-5-1-1)
Game two score by inning:
I-35 100 642 9--22 20 2
ACGC 112 000 0-- 4 6 6
ACGC hitting: Dorsey (4-0-1-0) McClain (4-1-1-0) Hoover (3-1-0-0) Kelsey (3-1-1-2) Fuller (3-0-0-1) O.Van Meter (3-0-0-0) Richter (3-1-1-1) Young (3-0-1-0) Carney (3-0-1-0)
ACGC pitching: McClain(5.67-20-18-9-1-4) E.Van Meter(1.33-4-4-4-0-2)