Sandburg Softball Picks Up Split at Bryant & Stratton

  Aaron Frey
  Monday, April 23, 2018 4:10 PM

Menomonee Falls, Wis.

The Carl Sandburg College softball team dropped a close contest before winning in big fashion Monday afternoon in a nonconference doubleheader at Bryant & Stratton. The Chargers (15-25) dropped the opener 5-4 but used a pair of big innings in Game 2 to win 12-4 in five innings. 

Bryant & Stratton 5, Sandburg 4

Sandburg                     030      001      0          —         4          6          5
Bryant & Stratton        220      100      x          —         5          9          3
W: Madison Stewart 2 IP, 1 K, 0 BB 

Key Moment
The Chargers grabbed a 3-2 advantage in the top of the second on a two-run homer from Lizzie Malcolm (Milan, Ill./Alleman), but the Bobcats answered with a pair of runs to regain the lead for good behind two hits and an error. 

Sandburg Star of the Game
Madison Benge (Stronghurst, Ill./West Central) had a pair of hits, scored twice, homered in the sixth and stole a base to lead the Chargers offense. 

Top Chargers Hitters

  • Benge 2 for 3, home run, two runs, RBI, stolen base
  • Chloe Sullivan (Port Byron, Ill./Riverdale) 2 for 3
  • Malcolm 1 for 3, two-run home run

Sandburg 12, Bryant & Stratton 4 (5 innings)

Sandburg                     500      70        —         12        10        4
Bryant & Stratton        103      00        —         4          8          2
W: Kylie Stineman 5 IP, 1 K, 0 BB

Key Moments
  • Sandburg jumped to a 5-0 lead in a first inning that included RBI hits from Abigail Stranger (Abingdon, Ill./Abingdon-Avon) and Kylie Stineman (New Boston, Ill./Mercer County).
  • Bryant & Stratton closed within 5-4 before the Chargers put up a seven-run fourth. The first five batters reached and scored for Sandburg, and Jada Fletcher (Oquawka, Ill./West Central) punctuated the rally with a two-run homer to left.

Sandburg Star of the Game
Stineman went 2 for 3 at the dish with a double, run scored and two RBIs while also earning a complete-game victory in the circle. She struck out one and didn’t issue a walk, winning for the fourth time in her last five decisions.

Top Chargers Hitters

  • Stineman 2 for 3, double, run, two RBIs
  • Malcolm 1 for 3, two runs, two RBIs
  • Fletcher 1 for 2, hit-by-pitch, two-run home run
  • Whitney Wynkoop (Fulton, Ill./Fulton) 1 for 3, two RBIs

Up Next
The Chargers will be on the road again Tuesday for an Arrowhead Conference doubleheader at 3 p.m. at league-leading Highland.

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