Porter Picks Up 3rd Win as Sandburg Splits With Kankakee

  Aaron Frey
  Monday, March 25, 2019 9:36 AM

Galesburg, IL

Freshman right-hander Jackson Porter (LaHarpe, Ill./Illini West) won his third game in as many appearances as the Carl Sandburg College baseball team split a doubleheader Saturday afternoon at home against Kankakee.

Sandburg 5, Kankakee 2

Kankakee         000      100      1          —        2          8          3
Sandburg         003      200      x          —        5          7          1         
W: Jackson Porter 5.2 IP, 7 K, 1 BB
L: Bobby Nowak 4 IP, 8 K, 2 BB

Key Moments

  • Jordan Chandler (Erie, Ill./Erie) popped a two-run home run to center in the third to open the scoring and kick off a three-run frame for the Chargers.
  • The first two batters in Sandburg’s half of the fourth reached and came around to score on a double by Braedon Blackford (Peoria, Ill./Notre Dame) to make it 5-1.

Sandburg Standout
Despite giving up his first earned run of the spring, Porter pitched 5 2/3 strong innings to improve to 3-0 on the season. The freshman struck out seven and gave up one run on seven hits and a walk while throwing 103 pitches (65 strikes). His ERA through 13 2/3 innings on the season stands at 0.66.

Other Top Chargers

  • Chandler 2 for 3, 2-run HR, 2 RBIs
  • Blackford 1 for 4, 2B, 2 RBIs
  • Wynn Takacs (Tipton, Ind./Taylor) 1 for 3, 2B, RBI

Kankakee 7, Sandburg 6

Kankakee         103      021      0          —        7          9          0
Sandburg         100      030      2          —        6          10        2         
W: Nick Crowe 5 IP, 5 K, 1 BB
L: Nolan Struhs 4.1 IP, 5 K, 4 BB

Key Moments

  • Trailing 6-1 in the fifth, Sandburg got back in the game thanks to a run-scoring groundout from Isaac Riegler (McLean, Ill./Olympia), an RBI double from Takacs and an RBI single from Tyler Womack (Moline, Ill./Moline) to make it 6-4.
  • Down 7-4 in the seventh, Takacs doubled home Blackford, and he scored on a Hunter Darst (Avon, Ill./Abingdon-Avon) hit to left to make it 7-6. Jack Swain (Metamora, Ill./Metamora) drew a two-out walk to put the winning run on, but Koy Smith (Revere, Mo./Canton) struck out to end the ballgame.

Sandburg Standout
Takacs doubled twice, scored twice and drove in a pair of runs in two at-bats.

Other Top Chargers

  • Blackford 2 for 4, 2 2Bs, 2 runs
  • Womack 2 for 3, 2 RBIs
  • Noah Hoepfner (East Moline, Ill./United Township) 1 for 2, run, SB

The Chargers (3-3) host McHenry County in a doubleheader at 2 p.m. Tuesday as they continue a string of eight consecutive home dates

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