Chargers Fall in Region IV Sectional Despite Dramatic Rally in Game 2

  Aaron Frey
  Saturday, May 15, 2021 5:52 PM

Grayslake, IL

The Carl Sandburg College baseball team forced a decisive Game 3 but saw its season end with a 2-1 series loss to Lake County on Saturday in its Region IV sectional. The Chargers closed their season with a 25-32 record.

Lake County 7, Sandburg 4
Sandburg         010      200      010      —        4          15        1
Lake County    001      120      30x      —        7          13        2
L: S. Scott 6 IP, 8 K, 1 BB

Key Moment
Jake Harmon’s two-run homer in the fifth put the Lancers ahead for good at 4-3. Lake County tacked on three more runs in the seventh to open up a 7-3 lead.

Sandburg 3, Lake County 2
Sandburg         000      001      002      —        3          7          5
Lake County    000      000      110      —        2          5          1
W: Riegler 1 IP, 0 K, 0 BB
SV: Conner 1 IP, 1 K, 0 BB

Key Moment
Down to their final three outs, the Chargers staged a dramatic rally to force Game 3. Cam Scott (Mapleton, Ill./Illini Bluffs) and Ashton Johnson (Brimfield, Ill./Brimfield) opened the ninth with back-to-back singles to put runners on the corners with nobody out for Hunter Darst (Avon, Ill./Abingdon-Avon). Darst came through with a base hit to left field that drove in Scott, and Johnson, who was running on the play, scored from first as the Lancers misplayed the ball in left.

Lake County 12, Sandburg 2 (5 innings)
Sandburg         001      01        —        2          4          4
Lake County    507      0x        —        12        10        1
L: C. Scott 2.1 IP 2 K, 2 BB

Key Moment
Lake County came out with a five-run first inning that included four hits and a walk. The big blow was a two-run home run by Valetine Cerna to cap the inning. The Lancers exploded for seven more runs in the third to open up a 12-1 lead. 

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