April 15, 2013
FREEPORT—The Carl Sandburg College softball team went 3-1 at the Highland East-West tournament on Saturday and Sunday. The Chargers beat Muscatine (Iowa) 1-0 and Moraine Valley 2-0 on Saturday. They then lost 6-3 to Elgin on Sunday before rebounding to beat the Spartans 5-3 to close the tournament.
Brooke Howard threw a five-hit shutout in the win over Muscatine. The sophomore struck out only one and didn’t issue a walk. Sandburg scored the game’s lone run in the bottom of the sixth on Corinne Heins’ two-out single to plate Kaylee Moseley, who reached on an error to open the frame.
The Chargers used strong pitching and timely hitting once again in the win over Moraine Valley. This time Grace Cleair hurled a five-hit shutout and Sandburg broke a scoreless tie with a pair of runs in the top of the seventh. Cleair struck out five, walked four and earned the victory after Jordyn Chasteen’s RBI single gave Sandburg a 1-0 lead. Howard added an insurance run with a sacrifice fly in the next at-bat.
Elgin scored four runs off Howard in the teams’ first meeting to end the Chargers’ seven-game winning streak, but Sandburg came from behind to win the rematch. Trailing 3-2 after the first, the Chargers tied it when Shannon Kasap scored on a passed ball in the third and took the lead on two-out RBI singles from Cleair and Hannah Johnson, who went 3 for 3, in the fifth. Cleair also picked up the win in the circle, holding Elgin to three hits while striking out seven and walking three.
Sandburg (18-16) has won eight of its last nine contests and 14 of its last 18. The Chargers return to Arrowhead Conference action at 3 p.m. Monday at Kishwaukee to begin a stretch of six straight days with doubleheaders. The final four days of that stretch will be played at the William “Bill” Hungate Baseball/Softball Complex, beginning at 3 p.m. Wednesday against John Wood.