Kaleb Center CSC Sports Information Director
The Chadron State College softball team wrapped up its season on Saturday, and the Colorado Mesa University Mavericks clinched sole ownership of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championship with wins of 16-0 and 9-0. Both games were halted in the fifth inning due to run rule.
CSC saw its best chance to score evaporate in the top of the second. Three Eagles batters hit safely, but the Maverick right fielder threw out pinch runner Ramsey Deming at home plate.
The Eagles managed only one base hit the rest of the way.
Already up 6-0 after a scoreless first inning, CMU put across 10 runs in the fourth on 12 hits and a fielding error, putting the game well outside the eight-run margin needed to call the game in the fifth.
CMU’s Paige Adair (16-2) claimed the pitching win, while CSC’s Tia Kohl (6-16) absorbed the loss.
Mesa again scored all of its runs in the second, third, and fourth innings in the series finale. The Mavs also once again did their biggest damage in the fourth, scoring four runs to get across the eight-run threshold.
CMU pitcher Shea Mauser (12-3) scattered CSC’s three base hits across the first, second, and fourth innings to hold the Eagles scoreless.
The Eagles managed to play an error-free game on defense, but the offense failed to materialize.
Gabby Russell fell to 2-9 in the pitching circle for Chadron State.
The Eagles finish the season 11-37 overall, and 10-26 in league play. They remain ninth in the RMAC standings.
Colorado Mesa was 35-3 in the conference schedule, finishing one game ahead of Colorado Christian University, which lost its season finale at New Mexico Highlands University. The Mavericks are 43-7 overall.