Chargers Split 4 Games vs. Triton, John A. Logan in Opening Weekend

  Aaron Frey
  Monday, March 2, 2020 9:48 AM

Carterville, IL

The Carl Sandburg College baseball team opened its season by splitting a pair of contests both Saturday and Sunday.

The Chargers (2-2) fell to John A. Logan, the 13th-ranked team in Division I, 10-7 in their season opener Saturday before rallying to knock off Triton 10-8. On Sunday, Sandburg beat Triton 11-8 before ending the weekend with a 13-3 loss to undefeated John A. Logan.

John A. Logan 10, Sandburg 7

Sandburg         000      070      0          —        7          6          2
Logan              120      052      x          —        10        11        3
L: Zach Ori 0.2 IP, 0 K, 1 BB

Key Moment
Sandburg put up a seven-run fifth to go ahead 7-3, but the Volunteers answered with a five-run bottom of the inning to go back ahead. Ryan Ritter’s, two-out, two-run single in the fifth proved to be the game-winner.

Sandburg Standout
Sophomore Wynn Takacs (Tipton, Ind./Taylor) reached base in all four plate appearances, scored a run and drove in a run. The second baseman doubled and drew three walks.

Other Top Chargers

  • Austin Collinson (Normal, Ill./Normal West) 2 for 4, run
  • Cam Scott (Mapleton, Ill./Illini Bluffs) 2 for 4, run, RBI

Sandburg 10, Triton 8

Sandburg         015      022      0          —        10        10        2
Triton              113      300      0          —        8          5          4
W: Tyler Baysingar 3 IP, 2 K, 1 BB

Key Moment
Trailing 8-6 in the fifth, Sandburg tied the game on a run-scoring error that was followed by an RBI groundout from Collinson. Caileb Johnson (Brimfield, Ill./Brimfield) double with one out in the sixth and scored the go-ahead run two batters later on a single to right from Koy Smith (Revere, Mo./Canton).

Sandburg Standout
Sophomore Tyler Baysingar (Brimfield, Ill./Brimfield) kept the Trojans scoreless and hitless over the final 3.1 innings in relief to earn the victory. The sophomore righthander struck out two, walked one while needing just 36 pitches to get the final 10 outs.

Other Top Chargers

  • Cam Scott 3 for 4, two runs, RBI
  • Jonah Burt (LaHarpe, Ill./Illini West) 2 for 4, triple, four RBIs

Sandburg 11, Triton 8

Triton              002      002      4          —        8          9          0
Sandburg         000      146      x          —        11        16        2
W: Nolan Jenkins 5 IP, 2 K, 3 BB

Key Moment
A six-run sixth opened up an 11-4 lead for the Chargers. The two big blows were a two-run double by Johnson, followed by a three-run home run to center by Hunter Darst (Avon, Ill./Abingdon-Avon) for his second blast of the game.

Sandburg Standout
Darst went 3 for 3 two homers, a walk, three runs scored and four RBIs. The sophomore catcher’s shot to center in the fourth got the Chargers on the board.

Other Top Chargers

  • Johnson 2 for 4, two doubles, two runs, four RBIs
  • Cam Scott 2 for 3, two runs, walk, stolen base
  • Noah Hoepfner (East Moline, Ill./United Township) 2 for 3, double, walk, two runs, stolen base
  • Takacs 2 for 4
  • Ben Higgins (Macomb, Ill./Macomb) 3 for 3, run, two RBIs, stolen base
  • Nolan Jenkins (Galesburg, Ill./Galesburg) 5 IP, two runs (one earned), two hits, three walks, two strikeouts

John A. Logan 13, Sandburg 3 (5 innings)

Sandburg         120      00        —        3          3          2
John A. Logan  300      0(10)   —        13        9          4
L: Silas Israel 4 IP, 2 K, 4 BB

Key Moment
Sandburg tied the game at 3-3 in the second on a two-run single by Luke Jones (Rantoul, Ill./Rantoul). The game remained scoreless until the Volunteers (16-0) put up a 10-run fifth.

Sandburg Standout
Jones singled in both of his at-bats and knocked in two runs as the only Charger with multiple hits.

2 p.m. Friday against Kankakee in Carterville.

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