Sandburg Softball Drops 2 to Top-Ranked Rock Valley

  Aaron Frey
  Friday, April 26, 2019 6:41 PM

Galesburg, IL

The Carl Sandburg College softball team dropped a pair of nonconference contests to Rock Valley, the top-ranked team in NJCAA Division III, on Friday afternoon at the Hungate Baseball/Softball Complex.

The Golden Eagles broke a fifth-inning tie to win Game 1 8-6 and pulled away late in Game 2 to defeat the Chargers (27-23 overall) 13-4.

Rock Valley 8, Sandburg 6

Rock Valley      330      020      0          —         8          10        3
Sandburg         003      300      0          —         6          9          4         
L: Emily Adams 7 IP, 1 K, 2 BB

Key Moments

  • Trailing 6-0 in the third, the Chargers cut their deficit in half behind a two-run triple from Katie Droste (Biggsville, Ill./West Central) and RBI single by Emily Bloomer (Burlington, Iowa/Burlington)
  • Sandburg tied the game at 6 in the fourth with another three-run rally. Erin Flairty (Pekin, Ill./Pekin) doubled in a run and scored when the RVCC left fielder misplayed Droste’s fly ball. Bloomer came through with a tying double one batter later.
  • The Golden Eagles plated the go-ahead run in the fifth with a leadoff hit-by-pitch and RBI triple, then tacked on an insurance run with a squeeze bunt.

 Sandburg Standout
Droste went 2 for 4 with a triple, two runs and two RBIs.

Other Top Chargers

  • Flairty 2 for 4, double, two runs, RBI
  • Bloomer 2 for 4, double, two RBIs
  • Stevenson 2 for 3, double, two runs 

Rock Valley 13, Sandburg 4

Rock Valley      110      404      3          —         13        14        1
Sandburg         000      201      1          —         4          7          5
L: Lexi Juergens 6 IP, 3 K, 2 BB

Key Moment
Back-to-back triples in the fourth keyed a four-run rally that saw RVCC extend its lead to 6-0. The Golden Eagles added another four-run frame in the sixth to go up 10-2.

Sandburg Standout
Madison Benge (Stronghurst, Ill./West Central) was the only Charger with multiple hits, going 3 for 3 with a triple, run and RBI.

The Chargers, in search of their first-ever Arrowhead Conference championship, host Black Hawk in a doubleheader at 3 p.m. Tuesday. Sandburg’s final conference twinbill is 3 p.m. May 3 at home against Illinois Valley. Sandburg (14-2) is two wins ahead in the win column and tied in the loss column with IVCC (12-2) entering the weekend.

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