April 29, 2013
FREEPORT—The 20th-ranked Carl Sandburg College softball team couldn’t capitalize on a chance to clinch a share of the Arrowhead Conference title as it was swept by Highland on Sunday. Needing to win both games to earn a part of the league championship, the Chargers lost the opener 8-0 and Game 2 8-2.
Highland’s Amber Ramos threw a no-hitter in Game 1, yielding only a pair of walks. The Cougars broke the game open with a six-run third inning to go ahead 7-0. Brooke Howard allowed eight runs (one earned) on nine hits in four innings for the Chargers (29-21, 12-8) in taking the loss.
Sandburg grabbed a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning of Game 2 when Kaylee Moseley scored on a passed ball and Jordyn Chasteen came home from third on a throwing error, but Highland rallied with a seven-run sixth inning that included four hits and two errors.
Chargers pitcher Whitney Freeman allowed eight runs (four earned) on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings in the loss. She struck out five and issued two walks. Chasteen and Shannon Kasap each had a single for Sandburg.
The Chargers earned the No. 4 seed in the Region IV tournament and begin postseason play by hosting Waubonsee in a best-of-three series at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the William “Bill” Hungate Baseball/Softball Complex.