Sandburg Softball Sweeps Skyhawks to Stay Atop Arrowhead

  Aaron Frey
  Thursday, April 25, 2019 8:28 PM

Galesburg, IL

The Carl Sandburg College softball team kept its spot atop the Arrowhead Conference standings with a sweep of Sauk Valley on Thursday at the Hungate Baseball/Softball Complex.

Tied in the loss column and two games up in the win column on Illinois Valley entering Thursday’s action, the Chargers (27-21, 14-2) are in search of their first conference championship in program history. Sandburg has two remaining Arrowhead doubleheaders — 3 p.m. Tuesday at home against Black Hawk and 3 p.m. May 3 at home against Illinois Valley.

Sandburg 8, Sauk Valley 3

Sauk Valley      101      000      1          —         3          11        2
Sandburg         530      000      x          —         8          12        4
W: Rachel Barrington 7 IP, 4 K, 0 BB

Key Moment
The Chargers wasted no time getting the offense going as they jumped to a 5-1 lead in the first and led 8-1 after the second. RBI singles from Emily Bloomer (Burlington, Iowa/Burlington) and Madison Benge (Stronghurst, Ill./West Central) gave Sandburg the lead in the first, and Haley Stevenson (Galesburg, Ill./Galesburg) came through with a bases-clearing triple to right field for a 5-1 advantage in the opening frame.

Sandburg Standout
Stevenson’s three-run three-bagger proved to be the game-winner, and she finished 2 for 4 in the contest.

Other Top Chargers

  • Bloomer 3 for 4, double, two runs, two RBIs
  • Lauryn Campbell (Galesburg, Ill./Galesburg) 3 for 3, walk, run
  • Grace Wilmington (Chillicothe, Ill./Illinois Valley Central) 1 for 3, double, walk, run, two RBIs
  • Rachel Barrington (Dunlap, Ill./Dunlap) CG, 11 H, 3 R, 4 K, 0 BB

Sandburg 6, Sauk Valley 1

Sauk Valley      000      001      0          —         1          6          3
Sandburg         200      004      x          —         6          4          2
W: Benge 7 IP, 3 K, 1 BB

Key Moments

  • Sandburg jumped to an early lead in the first as Katie Droste (Biggsville, Ill./West Central) reached on a two-base error and scored from second on a misplayed grounder. Benge added an RBI single to left later in the inning for a 2-0 lead.
  • After the Skyhawks got on the board in the top of the sixth, Sandburg answered with four runs in the bottom half. Wilmington plated Bloomer with a base hit to left, and Stevenson drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 4-1. Erin Flairty (Pekin, Ill./Pekin) added a two-run double three pitches later to pad Sandburg’s lead.

Sandburg Standout
Benge singled, scored, drove in a run and didn’t allow an earned run while throwing a complete-game victory. The sophomore struck out three, walked one and scattered six hits.

The Chargers host Rock Valley at noon Friday in a nonconference doubleheader.

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