1st-Place Chargers Sweep Kishwaukee for 10th Straight Victory

  Aaron Frey
  Friday, April 13, 2018 8:15 PM

Galesburg, IL

Make it a perfect 10 for the Carl Sandburg College baseball team.

The Chargers extended their winning streak to 10 games — all in Arrowhead Conference play — by sweeping Kishwaukee 13-3 and 7-5 on Friday afternoon at the William “Bill” Hungate Baseball/Softball Complex. The victories keep the Chargers (17-6, 10-0) alone atop the Arrowhead standings midway through their league schedule.

Sandburg 13, Kishwaukee 3 (5 innings)

Kishwaukee     002      01        —        3          5          0
Sandburg         421      24        —        13        14        3
W: Travis Ausbury (3-2), 5 IP, 2 K, 1 BB 

Key Moment
The Chargers scored in each inning, beginning with a four-run first that was capped by a three-run homer from Tyler Womack (Moline, Ill./Moline). 

Sandburg Star of the Game
First baseman Cacey O’Brien (Moline, Ill./Moline) went 3 for 4 with a double, two runs and two RBIs. He was one of five Chargers to record multiple hits in addition to being one of five to score multiple runs.

Top Chargers Hitters

  • Greyson Durbin (Colona, Ill./United Township) 3 for 3, two runs, RBI, stolen base
  • O’Brien 3 for 4, double, two runs, two RBIs
  • Shane Coleman (Abingdon, Ill./Abingdon-Avon) 2 for 3, double, two runs
  • Antonio Dominguez (Rock Island, Ill./United Township) 2 for 3, double, run, RBI
  • Payton Hartbank (Mattoon, Ill./Mattoon) 2 for 4, double, two runs, three RBIs

Sandburg 7, Kishwaukee 5

Kishwaukee     000      113      0          —        5          5          1
Sandburg         100      231      x          —        7          8          5         
W: Bryce Meyer (2-1), 4.1 IP, 7 K, 6 BB
SV: Jack Gray (3), 1 IP, 1 K, 0 BB 

Key Moments

  • Tied at 1 in the fourth, third baseman Austin Traub (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline) delivered a two-out, two-run base hit to left, and the Chargers never trailed again.
  • Kishwaukee loaded the bases in the fifth, but reliever Cade Hannan (Moline, Ill./Moline) got a strikeout to end the threat and hold Sandburg’s lead at 3-2.
  • The Kougars put runners on the corners with one out in the seventh, but Jack Gray (Burlington, Iowa/Notre Dame) got a popup and a strikeout to close out the game for his third save of the season.

Sandburg Star of the Game
O’Brien had another big game at the plate, going 2 for 3 with a double, run scored and two RBIs.

Top Chargers Hitters

  • Braedon Blackford (Peoria, Ill./Notre Dame) 2 for 4, two runs
  • O’Brien 2 for 3, double, run, two RBIs
  • Traub 1 for 2, walk, two RBIs

Up Next
The Chargers were slated to play at South Suburban on Sunday, but that doubleheader has been canceled and won’t be rescheduled. Sandburg’s next scheduled action is the conclusion of its home-and-home series against Kishwaukee at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

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