May 13, 2013
KANKAKEE—The Carl Sandburg College baseball team ended its season with a pair of losses Saturday in the Region IV sectional tournament at Kankakee. The Chargers opened the day with an 8-4 loss to Elgin in a back-and-forth contest, then were eliminated in an 8-0 loss to Kankakee in the afternoon.
Sandburg (25-25) took a 4-3 lead over Elgin after its half of the seventh but saw the Spartans score five unanswered runs to win it. The Chargers had leads of 2-1 after the third, 3-2 after the fifth and 4-3 after the top of the seventh but were unable to hang on each time.
Andrew Sprenke’s two-out single in the seventh scored Billy King for Sandburg’s final lead, but the Spartans went ahead with two runs in the bottom of the seventh and added three more in the eighth.
Chargers starter Tim Rossell allowed four runs on six hits in 6 2/3 innings to take the loss. He struck out four and walked a pair. Sprenke drove in a pair of runs to lead Sandburg at the plate. King and Josh Wade each scored twice for the Chargers.
Facing elimination, Sandburg was shut out on six hits against Kankakee. The Cavaliers stormed to a 5-0 lead after the first and added three more in the fifth. The game was called after seven innings because of the tournament’s eight-run rule.
Starter Zach Zwenger gave up seven runs on nine hits with two walks and two strikeouts in four innings to take the loss. Brad Moody gave up a run on four hits with a walk and a strikeout in two innings of relief. Brian Pflum had two singles to lead Sandburg at the plate.
The Chargers won 10 of their final 13 games to end the season with a .500 record.