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Eagles Drop Home Opener DH

Photo – Daniel Binkard/CSC College Relations

By Kaleb Center CSC Sports Information Director Box Score 1 | Box Score 2

The Chadron State College softball team lost a pair of Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference games on opening day at CSC Softball field on Saturday. Visiting Colorado Christian University hammered out 23 base hits, and the Eagles committed five errors, as the Cougars won 2-1 and 8-1 in Chadron.
 
CSC went up early in the noon game, on a second-inning solo homer by designated player Paige Edwards, and stranded multiple CCU baserunners in scoring position at the end of each of the first three innings.
 
The Cougars had three singles in the fourth inning, tying the game at 1-1, and the Eagles left potential game-winning runs on base in each of its next three at bats, before CCU’s Sami Edwards managed a leadoff triple in the seventh and was batted home shortly thereafter.
 
CCU’s Alexis Hamilton (6-1) earned a complete game win, striking out 11 CSC batters and allowing only three base hits.
 
The loss for CSC went to Kenzi Garner (2-3), who also pitched a complete seven-inning game.
 
The later game remained low scoring until the Cougars blew open a seven-run lead un the sixth inning, thanks partly to a couple of CSC errors.
 
The visitors led 4-1 through five innings, but its first four batters in the sixth either singled or reached base safely on an error. Later in the inning, Kenzie Middleton and Sydney Reamer each had a two-RBI single to give the Cougars a cushion at 8-1.
 
Once again, CSC only hit safely three times, although the Eagles had chances in each of the last four innings to score after reaching on walks. CSC’s only run came on two hits, two errors, and one walk in the fifth inning.
 
Abrie Castillo improved to 5-2 by picking up the win in six innings of work.
 
CSC’s Tia Kohl fell to 0-9, pitching the first five innings.
 
CCU improved its overall record to 17-4 (7-1 RMAC), while CSC fell to 3-17 (3-7 RMAC) on the season.
 
Another doubleheader is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday.

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