Shaw’s Clutch Hit Helps Chargers Salvage Split at IVCC

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May 2, 2014
OGLESBY—The Carl Sandburg College baseball team wrapped up its Arrowhead Conference schedule by splitting a doubleheader at Illinois Valley Thursday. The Eagles won the opener before Sandburg won Game 2 12-7 to snap a five-game losing streak.

 

Connor Shaw (Moline, Ill./Moline) delivered a two-out, two-strike single with the bases loaded in the seventh inning to drive in two and break a 4-4 tie in Game 2. The Chargers (18-23-1, 10-9-1) added six more runs in the frame and held on to finish with a winning record in conference play.

 

The big inning made a winner out of Noble Hampton (Florissant, Mo./Hazelwood Central), who pitched the final 1 2/3 innings in relief. Starter Brad Moody (Chatsworth, Ill./Prairie Central) allowed four runs on seven hits in the first 5 1/3 innings. He struck out eight and walked two.

 

Freshman Michael Judson (Maryland Heights, Mo./Pattonville) finished with four RBIs in Game 2, including a three-run double to cap Sandburg’s eight-run seventh inning.

 

IVCC shut down the Chargers offense in Game 1, holding Sandburg to just Shaw’s sixth-inning double. Sandburg sophomore Jon Kupfert (Peoria, Ill./Notre Dame) allowed four unearned runs on six hits in six innings. He struck out four and walked none, needing just 76 pitches in the complete-game effort.

 

The Chargers will play a nonconference doubleheader at 2:30 p.m. today at McHenry County. Sandburg’s final home contest will be a doubleheader against Rock Valley at 1 p.m. Sunday.

 

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GAME 1
Illinois Valley 4, Sandburg 1

                             123 456 7             R     H     E
SANDBURG         000 001 0    —     1      1     3
IVCC                     001 030 X    —    4      6     0
SANDBURG (18-23-1, 10-9-1)
2B —Shaw
RBI —Ratermann
Pitchers — Kupfert (6.0 IP, 4 K, 0 BB) and Giertz
ILLINOIS VALLEY
2B —Pifer; Bima
RBI —Ahlstrom
Pitchers — Scudder (7.0 IP, 10 K, 2 BB) and Hiester

GAME 2
Sandburg 12, Illinois Valley 7

                             123 456 7            R     H     E
SANDBURG         000 220 8    —    12     14   4
IVCC                     000 022 3    —     7      8     2
SANDBURG
2B —Judson, Moss, Ballenger
RBI —Shaw 2, Giertz, Hampton, Judson 4, Ratermann, Ballenger 2
Pitchers — Moody (8 K , 2BB), Hampton (W, 6th, 2 K, 1 BB) and Windsor; Giertz (7)
ILLINOIS VALLEY
HR —Harstead
RBI —Harstead 2, Almeraz, Baker, Bima, Ericson
Pitchers — Williams (3.2 IP, 5 K, 4 BB), Krueger 1.1 IP, 1 K, 2 BB)  Grunewald (1.0 IP, 1 K, 1 BB), Ahstrom (0.2 IP, 2 K, 0 BB), Harstead (0.1 IP, 0 K, 0 BB), and Hiester