Chargers Swept by Highland in Showdown for 1st Place

  Aaron Frey
  Thursday, April 5, 2018 8:48 PM

Galesburg, IL

With first place in the Arrowhead Conference on the line, Highland walked away with a sweep of the Carl Sandburg College softball team Thursday afternoon at the William “Bill” Hungate Baseball/Softball Complex.

The Cougars improved to 7-1 in the conference after winning 7-6 and 14-5, pushing the Chargers (5-19, 4-4) three games back in the league standings.

Highland 7, Sandburg 6

Highland          020      050      0          —        7          7          3
Sandburg         102      021      0          —        6          11        3
L: Stineman 7 IP, 1 K, 2 BB

Key Moment
The Chargers took a 3-2 lead into the fifth before Highland went ahead for good with a five-run inning. Lauren Cramer’s tiebreaking, two-run single proved to be the game winner.

Sandburg Star of the Game
Lizzie Malcolm (Milan, Ill./Alleman) finished 2 for 4 and drove in three for the Chargers. The freshman second baseman had a two-run triple in the third and added an RBI single in the fifth.

Top Chargers Hitters

  • Malcolm 2 for 4, triple, 3 RBIs
  • Katie Droste (Biggsville, Ill./West Central) 3 for 4, home run, RBI, three runs
  • Whitney Wynkoop (Fulton, Ill./Fulton) 2 for 4, RBI, two runs

Highland 14, Sandburg 5

Highland          021      236      —        14        15        0
Sandburg         020      300      —        5          7          6
L: Benge 6 IP, 2 K, 2 BB

Key Moment
After the Chargers scored three in the fourth to tie the game at 5, Highland regained the lead with a three-run frame of its own. Karlee Doege’s go-ahead single put the Cougars up for good.

Sandburg Star of the Game
Droste finished with five hits on the afternoon after going 2 for 4 with a run, two RBIs and a stolen base in the nightcap.

Top Chargers Hitters

  • Droste 2 for 4, run, two RBIs, stolen base
  • Adre Vetter (Emden, Ill./Hartsburg-Emden) 2 for 2, two runs 

Up Next
The Chargers travel to face Joliet in a doubleheader at noon Saturday. Sandburg’s doubleheader scheduled for Friday afternoon at Bryant & Stratton has been postponed to 1 p.m. April 23 because of forecasted inclement weather. 

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