By Kaleb Center Chadron State SID
The Chadron State College softball team lost both ends of a doubleheader Friday in Chadron against MSU-Denver, falling 9-8 in a nailbiter in Game One before being shut out in Game Two 9-0 in 5 innings due to the run rule, The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference series wraps on Saturday.
“It’s nice to see the ladies come in and compete,” said CSC Head Softball Coach Kaley Ness. “They never gave up, and our hitters had trust in the hitters around them that they’re going to also get on base. One person didn’t have to carry the weight of the team. Instead, everyone took responsibility for their own bats.”
In game one, the two teams battled back and forth to a 3-3 tie through four innings, before the Roadrunners pulled away in the fifth and sixth to make it 8-3.
CSC got two runs back in the bottom of the sixth, but the Roadrunners scored once in the top of the 7th and led 9-5 before the Eagles launched one last rally.
Angelica Maples hit a leadoff double and came home on another double by Ali Conder, her first career base hit. Both players entered the game as pinch-hitters for their only at-bats.
Ellie Owens, Samantha Conradie, and Bailey Marvel then strung together singles to make it 9-8 with two outs and runners at first and second, but Roadrunners pitcher Destinee Lopez got the final out with a strikeout.
Starting pitcher Darby McGhee claimed the win, pitching six and two-thirds innings to improve to 6-2. Lopez earned her third save by entering the game with the potential tying run on base and the winning run at the plate.
Tia Kohl was the pitcher of record for the Eagles, falling to 3-7.
The second game of the doubleheader started badly for CSC, giving up 3 runs in the top of the first inning, and never got better.
Starting pitcher Peyton Propp walked five, reliever Gabby Russell hit a batter and threw two wild pitches – one bringing in a run, and the CSC defense gave up an error as Metro needed just six base hits to score 9 runs in five innings.
The scoring began on a Mackenzie Jamieson triple to right field in the first inning, and the Roadrunners’ leading batter, Shelby Robb, capped it off in the fourth with her second homer of the day, good for the final three runs.
Lopez followed up her Game One save by pitching a complete game for the win, allowing only two hits and two walks while striking out five in five innings. Propp dropped to 3-7 in taking the loss for CSC.
Chadron State fell to 7-15 (7-11 RMAC), while MSU Denver improved to 11-5 (10-4 RMAC).
Another doubleheader is set for 11 a.m. Saturday. The park is once again closed Saturday, however spectators are welcome to observe from beyond the fence, as many did Friday, for no charge.