Bloomer, Benge Lead Chargers’ Sweep to Open Conference Season

  Aaron Frey
  Friday, March 29, 2019 10:17 AM

Malta, IL

The Carl Sandburg College softball team opened its Arrowhead Conference season with a sweep at Kishwaukee on Thursday, winning 7-3 and 12-0.

Sandburg 7, Kishwaukee 3

Sandburg         003      010      3          —        7          9          1
Kishwaukee     010      200      0          —        3          9          2         
W: Kylie Stineman 7 IP, 3 K, 1 BB

Key Moments

  • Emily Bloomer connected for a three-run homer in the third inning to give the Chargers a 3-1 advantage.
  • After the Kougars tied the game in the fourth, Sandburg regained the lead in the fifth as Erin Flairty (Pekin, Ill./Pekin) led off with a double and scored on Bloomers base hit up the middle.
  • The Chargers tacked on three insurance runs in the seventh behind a Lauryn Campbell (Galesburg, Ill./Galesburg) RBI single, an RBI triple from Abigail Stranger (Abingdon, Ill./Abingdon-Avon) and a run-scoring passed ball.

Sandburg Standout
Bloomer finished 3 for 4 with a homer and knocked in four runs, including the game-winner, to lead a nine-hit attack for the Chargers.

Other Top Chargers

  • Flairty 3 for 4, two doubles, three runs, two stolen bases
  • Kylie Stineman (New Boston, Ill./Mercer County) CG, 1 ER, 3 K, 1 BB

Sandburg 12, Kishwaukee 0 (5 innings)

Sandburg         021      45        —        12        8          1
Kishwaukee     000      00        —        0          2          3         
W: Madison Benge 5 IP, 2 K, 0 BB

Key Moment
Madison Benge (Stronghurst, Ill./West Central) and Julia Vosburgh (Woodstock, Ill./Woodstock) each connected for solo homers in the second to open the scoring, and the Chargers never looked back.

Sandburg Standout
Benge was a beast at the plate and in the circle. In addition to her home run, she also drew a bases-loaded walk in the third and fired a two-hit shutout. The sophomore struck out two and threw 39 of her 48 pitches for strikes.

Other Top Chargers

  • Katie Droste (Biggsville, Ill./West Central) 2 for 3, double, two runs, three RBIs
  • Flairty 1 for 3, walk, three runs, RBI
  • Vosburgh 1 for 2, home run, two runs
  • Haley Stevenson (Galesburg, Ill./Galesburg) 1 for 3, triple, two runs, RBI

The Chargers continue their conference season with a doubleheader at home against Highland at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

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