Blackford has Huge Game 1, but Chargers Swept by McHenry Co.

  Aaron Frey
  Tuesday, March 26, 2019 7:55 PM

Galesburg, IL

McHenry County came back late to take Game 1 and went on to sweep the Carl Sandburg College baseball team Tuesday afternoon. The Scots won the opener 12-9 in eight innings and took a shortened Game 2 8-4 in five innings.

McHenry County 12, Sandburg 9 (8 innings)

McHenry Co.   103      010      43        —         12        14        3
Sandburg         100      251      00        —         9          9          1
W: Matt Camp 2 IP, 2 K, 1 BB
L: Nolan Struhs 1IP, 1 K, 1 BB

Key Moments

  • A five-run fifth — including a three-run homer from Jordan Chandler (Erie, Ill./Erie) — and another tally in the sixth staked the Chargers to a 9-5 lead entering the seventh, but the Scots forced extra innings on a two-out, two-strike grand slam from Ryan Parquette.
  • McHenry County took the lead in the eighth on a two-run single from Ryan McGorrian with the bases loaded. Bryce Brogni followed with an RBI single to left to push the Scots’ lead to three.

Sandburg Standout
Shortstop Braedon Blackford (Peoria, Ill./Notre Dame) reached base four times out of the leadoff spot, going 2 for 3, with a double, leadoff home run, two walks, three runs, two RBIs and a stolen base.

Other Top Chargers

  • Chandler 2 for 5, three-run home run, two runs
  • Noah Hoepfner (East Moline, Ill./United Township) 2 for 4, two runs

McHenry County 8, Sandburg 4 (5 innings)

McHenry Co.   110      51        —         8          9          0
Sandburg         020      02        —         4          8          4
W: Anthony Novy 4 IP, 3 K, 0 BB
L: Kyler Edelman 4 IP, 3 K, 4 BB

Key Moment
McHenry County sent 10 men to the plate in the fourth as it scored five runs to break a 2-2 tie, using three hits, a walk and two Chargers errors.

Sandburg Standout
Chandler was the only Charger with multiple hits, going 2 for 3 with a run scored.

Other Top Chargers

  • Antonio Dominguez (Rock Island, Ill./United Township) 1 for 3, solo home run
  • Devon Ballard (Fulton, Ill./Fulton) 1 for 3, two RBIs

The Chargers (3-5) host Danville Area in a nine-inning game at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

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