Hoepfner’s Clutch Double in 8th Lifts Chargers Past Spoon River

  Aaron Frey
  Tuesday, March 19, 2019 7:07 PM

Galesburg, IL

The Carl Sandburg College baseball team staged a late rally, scoring three two-out runs in the eighth inning, as it defeated Spoon River 4-2 on Tuesday afternoon in the Chargers’ home opener at the Hungate Baseball/Softball Complex.

Sandburg 4, Spoon River 2
Spoon River     000      001      100      —         2          8          2
Sandburg         000      100      03x      —         4          7          1         
W: Jackson Porter 2 IP, 2 K, 0 BB
L: James Shaw 2.1 IP, 5 K, 6 BB

Key Moments

  • Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the eighth, the Chargers (2-1) loaded the bases with two outs, all via walks. Freshman center fielder Noah Hoepfner (East Moline, Ill./United Township) came through with a two-strike double to left that scored Wynn Takacs (Tipton, Ind./Taylor) and Braedon Blackford (Peoria, Ill./Notre Dame) for a 3-2 Sandburg lead.
  • Sandburg added an insurance run one batter later when Tyler Womack (Moline, Ill./Moline) singled to score Jordan Chandler (Erie, Ill./Erie) from third.
  • Back-to-back two-out singles in the ninth put the tying run on base for the Snappers, but Jackson Porter (LaHarpe, Ill./Illini West), who came on to start the eighth, induced a comebacker for the final out. Porter struck out two in two scoreless frames to earn his second victory in as many appearances.
  • Spoon River tied the game with a single tally in the sixth and took a 2-1 lead in the seventh when Blackford made a throwing error trying to turn an inning-ending double play.

Sandburg Standout
Hoepfner’s game-winning double was the Chargers’ only extra-base hit of the game. He finished 2 for 4 with two RBIs, drew a walk and stole a base.

Other Top Chargers

  • Nolan Struhs (Avon, Ill./Abingdon-Avon) 6 IP, 4 H 1 R, 4 K, 1 BB
  • Womack 2 for 4, walk, RBI
  • Hunter Darst (Avon, Ill./Abingdon-Avon) 2 for 4

The Chargers host Southeastern (Iowa) at 3 p.m. Wednesday in another nine-inning contest.

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