Chargers Extend Win Streak to 6 With Sweeps of Joliet, Sauk Valley

  Aaron Frey
  Monday, April 5, 2021 9:51 AM

Galesburg, IL

The Carl Sandburg College baseball team erupted for 10 homers and 67 runs in four games over the weekend as the Chargers picked up a sweep of Joliet on Friday and added an Arrowhead Conference sweep of Sauk Valley on Saturday at the William “Bill” Hungate Baseball/Softball Complex.

The victories give Sandburg (10-15, 4-2) six straight wins and eight victories in their last 10 contests.

Sandburg 16, Joliet 6 (5 innings)

Joliet               015      00        —        6          10        2
Sandburg         1(11)0 04        —        16        12        0
W: S. Scott 4 IP, 2 K, 2 BB
L: Durling 1.2 IP, 4 K, 6 BB

Key Moment
The Chargers broke loose for 11 runs in the second inning, with 10 of them coming with two out. Abe Collins (Morton, Ill./Morton) capped the frame with a grand slam to center field.

Sandburg Standout
Center fielder Ben Higgins (Macomb, Ill./Macomb) reached in all four of his plate appearances, going 2 for 2 with a double, triple, two walks, two runs scored and a stolen base.

Other Top Chargers

  • Collins 2 for 4, double, grand slam, two runs, four RBIs
  • Hunter Darst (Avon, Ill./Abingdon-Avon) 3 for 4, two runs, RBI
  • Trenton Blythe (LaHarpe, Ill./Notre Dame) 2 for 3, double, run, three RBIs

Sandburg 15, Joliet 9

Joliet               220      320      0          —        9          13        4
Sandburg         210      516      x          —        15        14        1
W: Riegler 2 IP, 1 K, 0 BB
L: Loden 5.2 IP, 10 K, 4 BB

Key Moment
Tied at 9 in the sixth, Sandburg came up with a six-run inning to finish off the sweep. Cam Scott (Mapleton, Ill./Illini Bluffs) led off the inning with a single to left and scored two batters later when Darst doubled to center to bring home the go-ahead run.

Sandburg Standout
Darst finished 3 for 3 with a double, homer, three runs scored and three RBIs. His leadoff dinger in the fourth was one of three in the inning by the Chargers as they erased a plated five runs to erase a 7-3 deficit. 

Other Top Chargers

  • C. Scott 3 for 5, double, two runs, two RBIs
  • Collins 2 for 4, triple, home run, walk, two runs, four RBIs
  • Brett Marsh (Mapleton, Ill./Limestone) 3 for 4, triple, two runs, two RBIs
  • Luke Jones (Rantoul, Ill./Rantoul) 1 for 3, home run, walk, two runs, three RBIs

Sandburg 21, Sauk Valley 15
Sauk Valley      000      (11)20 2          —        15        13        4
Sandburg         738      300      x          —        21        20        4
W: Mann 3.1 IP 4 K, 4 BB
L: Seibert 1 IP 1 K, 1 BB

Key Moment
Sandburg homered four times in the first three innings as it raced to an 18-0 lead. The Chargers got two blasts from Ashton Johnson (Brimfield, Ill./Brimfield) — including a third-inning grand slam — and one each from Austin Collinson (Normal, Ill./West) and Higgins.

Sandburg Standout
Collinson had a four-hit game and knocked in seven runs out of the No. 9 spot in the batting order. He hit a three-run homer in the first, singled in the second, doubled in the third and added another three-run bomb in the fourth.

Other Top Chargers

  • Johnson 2 for 5, two-run home run, grand slam, six RBIs
  • Collins 2 for 3, two doubles, stolen base, two walks, two runs, RBI
  • Higgins 2 for 3, home run, walk, two runs, three RBIs
  • C. Scott 2 for 4, double, walk, three runs, RBI, stolen base
  • Marsh 2 for 4, double, walk, three runs, RBI
  • Jeron Conner (Burlington, Iowa/Notre Dame) 3 for 5, three runs

Sandburg 15, Sauk Valley 5 (6 innings)
Sauk Valley      000      014      —        5          6          5
Sandburg         140      145      —        15        11        1
W: Collinson 6 IP, 9 K, 3 BB
L: Miller 4.1 IP 4 K, 2 BB

Key Moment
Already ahead 3-0 in the second, Cam Scott extended the Chargers’ lead to 5-0 with a two-run double to left that plated Collins and Higgins.

Sandburg Standout
The Chargers again got damage from the No. 9 spot in the order as Isaac Riegler (McLean, Ill./Oympia) went 3 for 4 with a home run, three runs scored and four RBIs.

Other Top Chargers

  • Blythe 3 for 4, triple, two runs, three RBIs

2 p.m. Tuesday at Sauk Valley 

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