Eagles Sweep Adams State Doubleheader, Score 24 runs


Photo – Noelle Meagher

The Chadron State College softball team won Saturday’s double-header against the Adams State Grizzlies 9-8 in game one before being victorious 15-5 in game two in Alamosa, Colorado.
CSC improves to 9-35 overall and 9-25 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play. The Grizzlies are now 5-42 overall and 3-35 in the RMAC.
Trailing 9-2, the Grizzlies scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to threaten a comeback in game one but Brooklyn Levin earned her first career save in relief of Kenzi Garner during the win.
Chadron State began scoring in the top of the second inning. After Mackenzi Kroll drew a walk and Jessie Henchenski singled to left field, J’lyssa Martinez drew a walk to load the bases.
Kroll was the second out of the inning on a fielder’s choice at home plate, leaving the bases loaded with Jaelyn Martinez on first.
With two outs, Jazlyn Arvizo hammered a bases loaded triple down the left field line, making the score 3-0. CSC’s next batter, Angelina Quezada, singled to center field to score Arvizo. Chadron State ended the inning with runners stranded on third and second.
The Eagles added two more runs in the top of the third inning. Similar to the second inning, CSC found the bases loaded with Kroll on third, Henchenski on second and J’lyssa Martinez on first.
Jorja Sierra brough two of the runner’s home with a single to center field, making the score 6-0.
Adams State lowered the deficit to 6-2 in the bottom of the third inning. The Grizzlies had two different runners hit triples in the inning that were both eventually brough home.
The Eagles added their final three runs in the top of the fifth inning. Kroll started the inning with a walk and advanced to third on a Henchenski double.
An error by the Adams State defense brought both runners in scoring position home and allowed J’lyssa Martinez to reach first.
Chadron State extended its lead to 9-2 when an Arvizo single to left field scored Martinez.
The Grizzlies rally in the bottom of the sixth inning began with five consecutive batters reaching base. After the leadoff batter was hit by a pitch, the following four hit a single, double, single and triple, making the score 9-6.
The bases were emptied when the hosts next batter grounded out but a runner was able to score.
Garner, who received the victory for CSC, was pulled after the Grizzlies next batter hit a solo homer to right field to make the score 9-8.
Levin faced three batters in the bottom of the sixth inning. She forced a fly out and line out and allowed one hit.
Neither team was able to record a hit in the remainder of the game, ending the game 9-8 in Chadron State’s favor.
Garner allowed 12 hits and eight runs in 5.1 innings while receiving the win. Levin allowed one hit in 1.2 innings. The Eagles had nine runs, 10 hits and three errors in game one compared to the Grizzlies eight runs, 13 hits and two errors.
In game two, Chadron State scored 10 runs in the second inning on way to winning 15-5.
Neither team was able to score a run in the first inning before the Eagles run explosion.
Scoring began with Henchenski reaching home when Jaelyn Martinez received a bases loaded walk. Arvizo immediately brough J’lyssa Martinez and pinch runner Jolynn Niegocki home with another double, making the score 3-0.  
A sacrifice fly by Quezada scored Jaelyn Martinez and a Lauren Zimmerman single scored Arvizo to make the score 5-0.
The sixth run was the first of three straight that CSC scored on Grizzly defensive errors in the inning. A line drive by Kroll caused an error by the Grizzlies second baseman and allowed pinch runner Chloe Brown to score.
Two more runs were scored when the Grizzlies shortstop committed a defensive error, making the score 8-0.
With two outs, the Eagles made the score 10-0 when Jaelyn Martinez doubled to right center but were unable to advance her any further.
Adams State lowered the deficit to 10-4 in the bottom of the second inning. After a leadoff double, a runner scored from third on a CSC wild pitch. The final three runs were scored on a 3-RBI triple.
CSC made three runs back in the top of the third when Kroll hit a 3-RBI homer to right center, scoring Zimmerman and Ashland Baca.
The score was made 15-4 in the top of the fourth inning. After Arvizo doubled to right center and advanced to third on a ground out, a Zimmerman double scored Arvizo. Unlike the last inning, Baca and Arvizo both were left on base to end the fourth.
The Grizzlies had to score four runs to avoid receiving a five-inning run rule. In the bottom of the fifth, the hosts leadoff batter hit a homer to left center to make the score 15-5.
Levin retired the following three batters to end the game 15-5 in CSC’s favor.
For the second weekend in a row and the second time in her collegiate career, Levin found herself victorious on the mound. In five innings of work, she allowed four hits and five runs.
The Eagles had 15 runs, 12 hits and one error in the victory. The Grizzlies had five runs, four hits and three errors.
CSC and Adams will play two more games tomorrow in Alamosa with first pitch scheduled for 11 a.m.