Stevenson, Benge Come Up Big for Chargers in Extra-Inning Win

  Aaron Frey
  Wednesday, April 17, 2019 8:29 PM

Galesburg, IL

With the Carl Sandburg College softball team down to its final out in Game 2, Haley Stevenson (Galesburg, Ill./Galesburg) delivered a game-tying single in the seventh, and Madison Benge (Stronghurst, Ill./West Central) hit a walk-off sacrifice fly in the eighth to help the Chargers earn a split with Spoon River on Wednesday afternoon.

The Chargers (18-18) dropped the opener 11-3 in five innings before coming back from four separate deficits to win Game 2 6-5 in eight innings.

Spoon River 11, Sandburg 3

Spoon River     250      31        —         11        15        0
Sandburg         000      30        —         3          5          4
L: Emily Adams 4 IP, 0 K, 1 BB

Key Moment
The Snappers sent 10 batters to the plate in the second, scoring five times on seven hits for an early 7-0 lead.

Sandburg Standouts
Benge and Lauryn Campbell (Galesburg, Ill./Galesburg) connected on back-to-back fourth-inning homers to account for the Chargers’ scoring. After an Emily Bloomer (Burlington, Iowa/Burlington) single, Campbell hit a two-run shot to center and Benge followed with one of her own two pitches later.

Sandburg 6, Spoon River 5 (8 innings)

Spoon River     100      012      10        —         5          10        3
Sandburg         100      012      11        —         6          13        3
W: Lexi Juergens 2 IP, 1 K, 0 BB

Key Moments

  • After Spoon River plated a run in the seventh for a 5-4 lead, the Chargers rallied to force extras. Grace Wilmington (Chillicothe, Ill./Illinois Valley Central) reached on a one-out error, and Julia Vosburgh (Woodstock, Ill./Woodstock) drew a two-out walk. Stevenson came through with a line-drive single over shortstop to tie the game.
  • With a runner placed on second to start extra innings, the Chargers loaded the bases with one out on a sacrifice bunt and back-to-back walks. Benge then sent a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Cora Neal (Monmouth, Ill./Monmouth-Roseville) for the game-winning run.

Sandburg Standout
Vosburgh reached in all four of her plate appearances, going 3 for 3 with a run scored. The freshman catcher singled in the second and fourth, doubled in the sixth and walked in the eighth.

Other Top Chargers

  • Erin Flairty (Pekin, Ill./Pekin) 2 for 5, run
  • Bloomer 2 for 4, walk, RBI
  • Benge 2 for 4, double, run, RBI
  • Stevenson 2 for 3, run, RBI

The Chargers (7-1 Arrowhead Conference) will travel to face Highland in a key conference doubleheader at 3 p.m. Thursday.

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