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Chargers Roll Past IVCC in Region IV Tournament Opener

May 7, 2013
GALESBURG—The Carl Sandburg College baseball team scored 10 unanswered runs in the final three innings to beat Illinois Valley 11-3 in seven innings in the opening round of the Region IV tournament Tuesday at the William “Bill” Hungate Baseball/Softball Complex.

Winners of 10 of their last 11, the Chargers (25-23) advance to this weekend’s round-robin, double-elimination sectional with Elgin and Kankakee. Sandburg will face Elgin at 9 a.m. Saturday and Kankakee at 3 p.m. Saturday. The tournament will conclude Sunday.

Trailing 3-1 in the fifth, the Chargers went ahead for good with a four-run frame. Sandburg tied it when two runners scored after the Eagles threw away Brett Martinez’s sacrifice bunt, and Martinez plated the go-ahead run when Josh Wade followed with a single.

“Today went about how I thought it would go,” Chargers coach T.J. Lindburg said. “We came out a little tight, but our guys really came through when we needed them to.”

Wade’s sacrifice bunt in the sixth led to a throwing error that scored two more runs for the Chargers, and he came home on a squeeze bunt by Billy King. Sandburg added three more in the seventh, with King’s RBI single ending the game because of the eight-run rule.

Wade finished 3 for 5 with two runs and two RBIs out of the leadoff spot to lead a 14-hit attack for the Chargers. Connor Shaw added a pair of hits, two runs and two driven in.

Jeff Trokey went the distance on the mound for Sandburg, allowing three earned runs on six hits with seven strikeouts and a pair of walks. The right-hander retired 10 of the last 11 men he faced.

“Jeff did a really nice job once he got settled in,” Lindburg said. “He came up with a big performance for us.”

The Chargers swept all five meetings with IVCC this season, winning by a combined score of 53-25.


Connor Shaw, is congratulated by teammate Josh Wade as they cross the plate

Carl Sandburg College’s Connor Shaw, right, is congratulated by teammate Josh Wade as they cross the plate during the Chargers' 11-3 win over IVCC on Tuesday afternoon at the William "Bill" Hungate Baseball/Softball Complex. (Bill Gaither/Carl Sandburg College)