Bloomer Homers Twice as Chargers Split Season-Opening DH

  Aaron Frey
  Monday, March 9, 2020 9:48 AM

Brewton, Ala.

The Carl Sandburg College softball team opened its season with a doubleheader split Sunday at Coastal Alabama-East as the Chargers kicked off their spring break trip to the Florida panhandle.

The Chargers earned a 10-5 victory behind a trio of homers in Game 1 before losing Game 2 8-7 in walk-off fashion.

Sandburg 10, Coastal Alabama-East 5
Sandburg         012      123      1          —        10        12        2
Coastal Ala.-E  200      012      0          —        5          6          3
W: Barrington 7 IP, 5 K, 1 BB

Key Moment
Following a leadoff single from Kelsey Hobson (Bartonville, Ill./Limestone), Emily Bloomer (Burlington, Iowa/Burlington) popped a home run to center for a 3-2 lead the Chargers would never relinquish.

Sandburg Standout
Catcher Erin Flairty (Pekin, Ill./Pekin) finished a triple shy of the cycle, going 3 for 4 with a home run, double, two RBIs and three runs. Flairty’s two-out, two-run homer in the sixth put Sandburg ahead 6-2.

Other Top Chargers

  • Bloomer 3 for 4, home run, double, two runs, two RBIs
  • Julia Vosburgh (Woodstock, Ill./Woodstock) 2 for 3, home run, double, run, two RBIs
  • Hobson 2 for 4, two runs
  • Rachel Barrington (Dunlap, Ill./Dunlap) complete game, 6 hits, 2 earned runs, 5 strikeouts, 1 walk

Coastal Alabama-East 8, Sandburg 7
Sandburg         103      021      0          —        7          11        4
Coastal Ala.-E  002      022      2          —        8          9          3
L: Juergens 6.2 IP, 3 K, 6 BB

Key Moment
The Chargers took a 7-4 lead into the bottom of the sixth, but Coastal Alabama-East scored twice in each of its last two at-bats. The Warhawks plated the tying run in the seventh on a fielding error after a base hit to right, then scored the game-winner on a steal of home with two out.

Sandburg Standout
Bloomer homered again and doubled twice, finishing 3 for 5 with a run and two RBIs. Her leadoff homer to center in the third gave the Chargers an early 2-0 lead.

Other Top Chargers

  • Barrington 2 for 3, walk three RBIs
  • Grace Wilmington (Chillicothe, Ill./Illinois Valley Central) 2 for 4, two runs
  • Vosburgh 2 for 4, RBI

Doubleheader at noon Monday at Northwest Florida 

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