April 30, 2013
GALESBURG—The Carl Sandburg College softball team saw its season come to an end with a pair of losses to Waubonsee in the opening round of the Region IV tournament Tuesday at the William “Bill” Hungate Baseball/Softball Complex.
Waubonsee, which lost a pair of games to the Chargers on Saturday, swept the best-of-three series by taking the opener 12-5 and winning Game 2 9-0 in five innings.
The Chargers (29-23) jumped to an early lead in Game 1 with a three-run first inning – highlighted by Jordyn Chasteen’s two-run double off the top of the fence – and another run in the third to go up 4-0.
Sandburg led 4-2 with the bases loaded and two outs in the fifth when the Chiefs’ Brooke Nelson hit a grounder to third baseman Lorren Newingham. Newingham’s throw to first appeared to be in time to end the inning, but Nelson was ruled safe, cutting the Chargers’ lead to 4-3. Waubonsee followed that with five straight hits to grab a 9-4 advantage.
Chargers pitcher Brooke Howard was saddled with the loss after allowing 12 runs on 15 hits in seven innings while striking out four and walking one.
Sandburg was shut out on three hits in Game 2, getting singles from Shannon Kasap Lindsay Lippert and Corrine Heins. Waubonsee went ahead with a four-run fourth and added five in the fifth to end the contest early.
The Chargers’ Whitney Freeman allowed seven runs (four earned) on nine hits in 4 1/3 innings to take the loss. She struck out one and walked three.