Chargers Open With Win on Spring Break Trip

  Aaron Frey
  Monday, March 12, 2018 9:42 AM


The Carl Sandburg College baseball team opened its Spring Break trip with a victory before dropping consecutive contests over the weekend.

Sandburg 17, Lackawanna (Pa.) 5 (6 innings)
Key Moment

The Chargers trailed 2-0 before erupting for five runs in the fourth to take the lead for good. Antonio Dominguez (Rock Island, Ill./United Township) delivered a go-ahead, two-run double that plated Shane Coleman (Abingdon, Ill./Abingdon-Avon) and Cacey O’Brien (Moline, Ill./Moline) for a 3-2 advantage. 

Sandburg Star of the Game
Coleman finished a home run away from a cycle, going 4 for 5 with three runs scored. 

Top Chargers Hitters
O’Brien 2 for 3, RBI, 3 runs
Austin Traub (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline) 2 for 3, 2 RBIs, 3 runs
Braedon Blackford (Peoria, Ill./Notre Dame), 1 for 4, HR, 3 RBIs
Greyson Durbin (Colona, Ill./United Township) 1 for 3, run, 2 RBIs 

Pitchers of Record
W: Nolan Struhs (Avon, Ill./Abingdon-Avon), 5 IP, 2 K, 4 BB
L: Joey Baron, 3.2 IP, 7 K, 1 BB 

Catholic JV 15, Sandburg 3 (6 innings)
Key Moment
Catholic JV struck for nine runs in the second to open up an 11-0 lead. 

Sandburg Star of the Game
Freshman Mike Kavanagh (Knoxville, Ill./Knoxville) allowed a run on three hits over two innings out of the bullpen in his first appearance as a Charger.

Top Chargers Hitters
Dominguez 2 for 3, 2 2B, 2 RBIs 

Pitchers of Record
W: M.J. Dziczkowski, 3 IP, 3 K, 0 BB
L: Travis Ausbury (Macomb, Ill./Macomb), 1 IP, 0 K, 2 BB 

Cumberland County (N.J.) 8, Sandburg 7
Key Moment
After the Chargers broke a 5-5 tie in the sixth with back-to-back home runs from Dominguez and Traub, Cumberland County plated three in the bottom of the seventh for a walk-off victory. Josh Parker’s two-out double to center knocked in the game-winning run. 

Sandburg Star of the Game
Coleman tripled for the second straight day, going 2 for 4 with a run scored and two RBIs.

Pitchers of Record
W: Jose Rodriguez, 2 IP, 1 K, 0 BB
L: Jack Gray (Burlington, Iowa/Notre Dame), 1.2 IP, 0 K, 1 BB 

Up Next
The Chargers continue their Spring Break trip by facing Quinsigamond (Mass.) at 9 a.m. Monday.

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