Chargers Open Season With Split at No. 8 John A. Logan

  Aaron Frey
  Monday, March 11, 2019 9:16 AM

Carterville, IL

The Carl Sandburg College baseball team opened its season Friday with an upset of nationally ranked John A. Logan in the first game of a pair of contests with the Volunteers.

The Chargers took Game 1 5-4 behind a dazzling debut from freshman Jackson Porter (LaHarpe, Ill./Illini West). The Volunteers won Game 2 10-4 in five innings. The nightcap was delayed by darkness and then made official when rain wiped out Saturday’s scheduled third game.

Sandburg 5, John A. Logan 4

Sandburg         000      203      0          —        5          6          2
John A. Logan  000      001      3          —        4          5          3
W: Jackson Porter (1-0) 6 IP, 4 K, 1 BB
L: Hunter Sullivan 2.2 IP, 4 K, 5 BB
SV: Jacob Burg (1) 1 IP, 0 K, 2 BB

Key Moments

  • Sandburg opened the scoring in the fourth inning with a two-out, two-run double from sophomore shortstop Braedon Blackford (Peoria, Ill./Notre Dame).
  • The Chargers extended their lead to 5-0 in the sixth as sophomore first baseman Cacey O’Brien (Moline, Ill./Moline) doubled in a run with two away and sophomore Jordan Chandler (Erie, Ill./Erie) followed with a two-run single.
  • John A. Logan, the eighth-ranked team in Division I, got a run back in the sixth and put the tying run at second base in the seventh before Jacob Burg (Macomb, Ill./Macomb) got a groundout to pick up the save.

Sandburg Standout
Porter was impressive in his Chargers debut, allowing just an unearned run over six innings. The right-hander struck out four, walked one and gave up just three hits. He threw 51 of his 83 pitches for strikes.

Top Chargers Hitters

  • O’Brien 2 for 3, double, walk, run, RBI
  • Blackford 1 for 3, double, walk, run, two RBIs
  • Chandler 1 for 3, two RBIs
  • Noah Hoepfner (East Moline, Ill./United Township) 2 for 3, walk 

John A. Logan 10, Sandburg 4 (5 innings)

Sandburg         040      00        —        4          5          2
John A. Logan  500      5x        —        10        9          0
W: Luke Seed 2 IP, 6 K, 5 BB
L: Kale Orman (0-1) 3.2 IP, 4 K, 2 BB

Key Moments

  • The Volunteers had four of their first five batters collect singles as they plated five first-inning runs.
  • The Chargers used four walks and a pair of hits to scored four in the second and get back within a run, but Logan added another five-run inning in the fourth.

Sandburg Standout
Freshman second baseman Wynn Takacs (Tipton, Ind./Taylor) reached in both of his plate appearances out of the No. 9 spot in the order. He drew a bases-loaded walk and scored in the first, then added a base hit in the fourth.

Top Chargers Hitters

  • Takacs 1 for 1, walk, run, RBI
  • O’Brien 1 for 2, walk, two RBIs

Up Next
The Chargers will host DuPage at 1 p.m. March 17 in their home opener at the William “Bill” Hungate Baseball/Softball Complex.

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