Chargers Held Winless Over Weekend to Start Run of Spring Break Games

  Aaron Frey
  Monday, March 9, 2020 9:16 AM

Carterville, IL

The Carl Sandburg College baseball team racked up runs but didn’t come away with any wins during its weekend slate of games in southern Illinois against some stiff competition.

The Chargers lost 10-8 to Kankakee on Friday, 14-4 to Parkland on Saturday and 19-14 to John A. Logan on Sunday as they kicked off a stretch of six straight days of games during spring break.

Kankakee received votes in the latest NJCAA Division II rankings, and Parkland is ranked 20th. John A. Logan is ranked ninth in Division I.

At Carterville
Kankakee 10, Sandburg 8
Sandburg         001      110      500      —        8          15        0
Kankakee         003      130      03x      —        10        11        2
L: Collinson 1 IP, 0 K, 1 BB

Key Moment
The Chargers struck for five runs in the seventh to take their first lead of the game, but the Cavaliers regained the lead with a three-run bottom of the eighth. A base hit tied the game, and a two-out, two-run triple proved to be the difference.

Sandburg Standout
Sophomore Noah Hoepfner (East Moline, Ill./United Township) went 4 for 5 with two doubles, a run, two RBIs and a stolen base.

Other Top Chargers

  • Cam Scott (Mapleton, Ill./Illini Bluffs) 3 for 6, two runs, two steals
  • Koy Smith (Revere, Mo./Canton) 3 for 5, double, triple, two RBIs
  • Hunter Darst (Avon, Ill./Abingdon-Avon) 2 for 4, double
  • Silas Israel (Tremont, Ill./Tremont) 2 for 3, double, run

At Marion
No. 20 Parkland 14, Sandburg 4
Sandburg         210      100      0          —        4          3          6
Parkland          141      142      1          —        14        10        4
L: Mann 4 IP, 7 K, 5 BB

Key Moment
Sandburg took an early 3-1 lead, but the Cobras went ahead for good with a four-run second, capped by a three-run home run.

Sandburg Standout
Israel was the lone Charger with multiple hits, going 2 for 4 with a pair of RBIs. He delivered RBI singles in the first and fourth.

At Carterville
No. 9 John A. Logan 19, Sandburg 14
Sandburg         044      300      030      —        14        9          2
John A. Logan  123      222      61x      —        19        17        3
L: Osburn 2 IP, 0 K, 2 BB

Key Moment
Sandburg led 11-6 after its half of the fourth before the Volunteers chipped away, scoring twice in both the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Jason Hodges’ two-run homer in the sixth delivered the go-ahead run for Logan.

Sandburg Standout
Darst connected for a two-run shot in the eighth for his third homer on the season. He finished 2 for 5 with a home run, double, two runs, three RBIs and a stolen base.

Other Top Chargers

  • Hoepfner 2 for 3, double, walk, two runs, RBI, two steals

10 a.m. Monday against Kankakee in Carterville. 

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