CSC Explodes For 14 Runs In Series Finale

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The Chadron State College softball team exploded with 14 runs in the fourth and final drive of its weekend series at Colorado State University-Pueblo, salvaging a win after losing the first three games against the ThunderWolves.

Pueblo won game three, which started at 11 a.m., by a score of 9-1 in six innings, before CSC returned the favor in the later game, 14-6.

“The last game of the CSU-Pueblo series was the first time this season we’ve put all phases of the game together,” said CSC Head Softball Coach Kaley Ness. “Our goal is to be consistent and to build off our win, taking this momentum into our games at UCCS tomorrow. We’re excited for another opportunity to be on the field and get two more wins before we return to Chadron.”

In game three, CSC was able to find only three base hits, and the Eagles aided the ThunderWolves with an error in the decisive sixth inning.

After amassing a 6-1 lead through five innings, CSU-Pueblo scored an unearned run with one away in the sixth. Later, shortstop Gabby Moreno hit an RBI double and Marissa Piatt walked off with one of her own.

CSC’s only run in the game was a solo home run by designated player Gabby Russell to lead off the fifth.

Chadron State’s Tia Kohl was assessed the pitching loss, dropping to 0-4 on the season, while Pueblo’s Oakleigh Kirby improved to 3-0 with the win with a complete game three-hitter.

The Eagles were dominant for the first time in the series when they pounded out 19 base hits in game four, compared with eight for the home team. Their biggest inning came in the sixth, when they scored six runs on seven hits, helped by both of the ThunderWolves’ errors in the game.

Third baseman Sloane Quijas started things off for the Eagles in the top of the first inning with a sac fly to put the first run across. Russell then doubled, and a homer by Micah Stouffer made it 3-0.

A two-run, inside-the-park homer by Pueblo second baseban Isabel Griego closed the game to 3-2, where it stayed until the fourth.

CSC right fielder Mackenzi Kroll lined a triple down the left field line to lead off the fourth inning, before shortstop Bailey Marvel brought her in with a single up the middle, for a 4-2 lead.

The ThunderWolves managed to get two runs back in the bottom of the inning, tying the game at four apiece on a Katelynn Ralston home run.

Kroll singled to bring in another run in the fifth, before CSC second baseman Addison Spears hit a triple which plated two more runs for the Eagles, who led 7-4.

The Eagles loaded the bases in the sixth, with one out, before a passed ball allowed two runners to score. A combo of a walk, a fielder’s choice, another passed ball, an error, and singles by Angelica Maples and Marvel led to four more runs scoring, all unearned.

At 13-4, a two-run homer by Samantha Riesen in the bottom of the sixth kept the ThunderWolves in the game at 13-6.

An RBI single by Kroll in the seventh completed the scoring for both teams, making the final 14-6.

CSC’s Peyton Propp got her second win of the season, moving to 2-3. Riesen accepted the decision for Pueblo, falling to 1-1.

Spears had a team-high three RBI on the day for CSC. Kroll was 3-for-4 with two RBI, and catcher Bailey Rominger went 5-for-7.

Rominger led the way for CSC in the series, with both her on-base percentage and batting average at .625.

For Pueblo, which won the series 3-1, Moreno finished the weekend 7-of-`5, while Piatt led her team with six RBI.

Chadron State remains on the road Monday for a makeup doubleheader at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, beginning at 11 a.m.