April 16, 2013
MALTA—The Carl Sandburg College softball team continued its hot streak by sweeping an Arrowhead Conference doubleheader Monday at Kishwaukee. The Chargers scored four eighth-inning runs to win the opener 9-5 in extra innings and shut out the Kougars 6-0 in Game 2.
A four-run fifth in Game 1 gave Sandburg (20-16, 8-4) a 5-3 lead, but Kishwaukee added one in the sixth and forced extras with a run in the bottom of the seventh. The Chargers came right back, though, using three hits and an error to regain the lead in the eighth. Jordyn Chasteen and Brooke Howard opened the frame with singles, and Augusta Chandler followed with a base hit to score Chasteen for the go-ahead run. Sandburg added on thanks to a passed ball and RBI fielder’s choices off the bats of Ally Cordle and Shannon Kasap.
The extra-inning outburst made a winner out of Howard, who struck out one, scattered 10 hits and didn’t walk a batter in seven innings. Grace Cleair pitched around a two-out walk in the eighth to pick up the save.
Cleair hurled a one-hitter in Game 2, which was called after five innings, as she won her seventh straight decision. The sophomore walked five and hit two batters, but the only hit she gave up came on a leadoff single in the fourth.
Already up 3-0 in the fifth, Tygan Cole’s two-run double capped a three-run inning that gave the Chargers a 6-0 lead. Lindsay Lippert had a hit and scored twice for Sandburg, and Chasteen added an RBI and a run scored.
Sandburg has now won 10 of its last 11 games and is 13-3 in the month of April. The Chargers are on the road for another Arrowhead Conference doubleheader at 3 p.m. today at Illinois Valley. Sandburg then comes back for four consecutive home dates, beginning at 3 p.m. Wednesday against Sauk Valley at the William “Bill” Hungate Baseball/Softball Complex.