April 22, 2013
OGLESBY—The Carl Sandburg College softball team swept 20th-ranked Illinois Valley in a pair of extra-inning games Sunday to move into first place in the Arrowhead Conference. The Chargers won the opener 8-3 in 10 innings and took Game 2 7-5 in nine innings.
Sandburg (24-16, 10-4) has won seven in a row, 14 of its last 15 and is 17-3 in April. The Chargers have won their last eight conference games and control their own destiny in the Arrowhead race. Illinois Valley is in second at 11-5.
Sandburg took a 5-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh in Game 2, but the Eagle scored five runs to force extras. The Chargers’ Jordyn Chasteen broke the tie with a two-out, two-run double in the ninth to plate Lindsay Lippert and Kaylee Moseley.
Chasteen finished the game 3 for 5 with five RBIs, including a two-run home run in the third to give the Chargers a 4-0 lead. Lippert also had three hits, scored three runs and hit a solo homer in the fifth.
Back-to-back one-out singles in the bottom of the ninth put the tying run on base for IVCC, but Whitney Freeman retired the next two batters for seal the victory. Freeman pitched two scoreless innings in relief of Brooke Howard to earn the victory.
Sandburg took an early 3-0 lead in Game 1, but the Eagles tied its with three runs in the fifth. It stayed that way until the Chargers exploded for five runs in the 10th, all with two outs. Moseley delivered the game-winner with a two-run single to score Ally Cordle and Shannon Kasap. Sandburg added on with a run-scoring error and RBI singles by Howard and Augusta Chandler.
The Chargers pounded out 18 hits and took advantage of five IVCC errors in Game 1. Every batter in Sandburg’s lineup had at least one hit.
Howard threw the first nine innings to earn the win before giving way to Grace Cleair, who threw a scoreless 10th. Howard struck out a season-high nine, walked two and allowed three runs on 11 hits.
The Chargers host Black Hawk at 3 p.m. Tuesday and Sauk Valley at 3 p.m. Thursday this week in Arrowhead action. Sandburg’s final conference doubleheader is at noon Sunday at Highland.