Kavanagh Earns 1st Victory as Charger in Blowout of Spoon River

  Aaron Frey
  Wednesday, May 2, 2018 8:14 PM

Galesburg, IL

A day after clinching the Arrowhead Conference championship, the Carl Sandburg College baseball team steamrolled Spoon River 13-3 in seven innings in nonconference action Wednesday at the William “Bill” Hungate Baseball/Softball Complex.

The Chargers (26-11) collected 14 hits and won via the 10-run rule in a game originally slated for nine innings.

Sandburg 13, Spoon River 3
Spoon River    001      020      0          —        3          6          1
Sandburg         501      412      x          —        13        14        1
W: Mike Kavanagh 5 IP, 3 K, 4 BB

Key Moment
The Chargers had their first five hitters reach and come around to score in a five-run first inning. Braedon Blackford (Peoria, Ill./Notre Dame) led off with a double and scored on a homer to right from Payton Hartbank (Mattoon, Ill./Mattoon). Kevin Ulrich (Roanoke, Ill./Roanoke-Benson) added a two-run single three batters later, and Greyson Durbin (Colona, Ill./United Township) made it 5-0 with an RBI groundout.

Sandburg Star of the Game
Freshman lefty Mike Kavanagh (Knoxville, Ill./Knoxville) earned his first victory as a Charger after turning in five strong innings. Kavanagh allowed only one earned run on five hits while striking out three.

Top Chargers Hitters

  • Blackford 2 for 3, double, walk, two runs
  • Hartbank 2 for 5, home run, two runs, two RBIs
  • Shane Coleman (Abingdon, Ill./Abingdon-Avon) 2 for 2, walk, home run, three runs, two RBIs
  • Ulrich 2 for 3, two walks, two runs, two RBIs
  • Austin Traub (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline) 2 for 3, double, walk, run, RBI
  • Cacey O’Brien (Moline, Ill./Moline) 1 for 5, home run, two runs, two RBIs

Up Next
Sandburg hosts Lake County in a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Saturday.

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