Bloomer, Benge Power Chargers’ Rally in Game 1 vs. Highland

  Aaron Frey
  Tuesday, April 2, 2019 8:20 PM

Galesburg, IL

A big fourth inning sent the Carl Sandburg College softball team to a win in Game 1, but Highland bounced back to take Game 2 against the Chargers in an Arrowhead Conference doubleheader Tuesday at the Hungate Baseball/Softball Complex.

Sandburg (7-13, 3-1) extended its win streak to five games with a 7-6 victory in the opener before the Cougars’ 6-2 win in the nightcap.

Sandburg 7, Highland 6

Highland          121      000      2          —         6          8          2
Sandburg         002      500      x          —         7          11        1
W: Rachel Barrington 5 IP, 0 K, 2 BB
SV: Kylie Stineman 2 IP, 1 K, 0 BB

Key Moments

  • Trailing 4-0, the Chargers scored seven unanswered runs to take the lead, starting with a two-run homer from Emily Bloomer (Burlington, Iowa/Burlington) in the third to cut their deficit in half.
  • Sandburg struck for five two-out runs in the fourth after the first two batters of the inning reached. Lauryn Campbell (Galesburg, Ill./Galesburg) delivered an RBI infield hit to make it 4-3, and Madison Benge (Stronghurst, Ill./West Central) followed with a two-run double to left to give the Chargers the lead. Lizzie Malcolm (Moline, Ill./Alleman) and Abigail Stranger (Abingdon, Ill./Abingdon-Avon) added run-scoring two-baggers of their own to make it 7-4.
  • A two-out, two-run single in the seventh got Highland within a run, but Kylie Stineman (New Boston, Ill./Mercer County) coaxed a groundout from the next batter to pick up a two-inning save.

Sandburg Standout
Bloomer finished 2 for 4, adding a first-inning double to go along with her two-run blast, and scored twice.

Other Top Chargers

  • Benge 2 for 4, double, run two RBIs
  • Campbell 2 for 4, run, RBI
  • Malcolm 2 for 3, double, walk, run, RBI

Highland 6, Sandburg 2

Highland          011      004      0          —         6          11        0
Sandburg         100      001      0          —         2          8          2
L: Madison Benge 7 IP, 2 K, 1 BB

Key Moment
Leading 2-1 in the sixth, the Cougars padded their lead by plating four two-out runs.

Sandburg Standout
Campbell singled in each of her three at-bats, including an RBI hit to center in the sixth.

Sandburg hosts Illinois Valley at 3 p.m. Thursday in another conference doubleheader and the second of five consecutive home dates for the Chargers.

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