CSC Softball Heads To Mines; Updated Schedule

Photo Courtesy: Zachary Carlson, CSC Sports Information

The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference softball series featuring Chadron State College at Colorado School of Mines in Golden, has been moved back one day.

Originally set for Saturday and Sunday, April 24-25, the new dates will be Sunday and Monday, April 25-26.

Sunday’s doubleheader will begin at noon and Monday’s at 11 a.m. No spectators will be admitted for the series, however all games will stream live on the RMAC Network.

In another scheduling development, Black Hills State University will visit Chadron at noon on Wednesday, April 28, for a doubleheader to make up the one postponed last Saturday.

All CSC home games this season are being played in a closed ballpark, however spectators are welcome in the portable bleachers beyond the outfield fence. The CSC Face Covering Policy and social distancing guidelines remain in effect.

The two opponents last met in 2019, when CSC hosted a pod in Pueblo, Colorado, due to inclement weather in Chadron. The Orediggers won twice.

The Eagles (10-20, 10-16 RMAC) are back into a winning stride following two successful home outings versus BHSU, where they batted over .500 and scored 18 runs in one day. CSC is ninth in the RMAC standings, needing to pass three other teams to qualify for the conference postseason tournament. The current sixth-place team is CSU-Pueblo, at 14-12 in league play.

The pitching of CSC sophomore Peyton Propp has ticked up recently, dropping her to a 5.00 ERA for the season. She has been needed to fill a No. 1 spot due to an injury to ace Tia KohlGabby Russell, a junior, slides up into the No. 2 role, carrying forward a 6.81 ERA.

Sophomore Bailey Marvel, senior Bailey Rominger, and freshman Jessie Henchenski continue to bat the ball well for the Eagles, all three hitting above .350.

Mines, however, is solidly in postseason contention, sitting fourth at 19-13 (18-10 RMAC), three games in front of Pueblo.

The Orediggers split their most recent series, two weeks ago at home against Colorado Christian. The following weekend of play at Regis was postponed due to Covid protocol.

Senior Sydney Marchando (7-4) leads a group of capable pitchers with a team-low .284 opponent batting average and an ERA of 3.98. She was an RMAC Pitcher of the Week, three weeks ago against Adams State, when she threw a complete game two-hitter and allowed only two runs in the series, striking out 11 batters in 12.0 innings.

Another senior, Kylie Redding, is has a 4-5 record and a 5.82 ERA. She is typically the Orediggers’ No. 2.

Redding also leads the way in the batter’s box for Mines. She is one of three on the squad batting over .400 for the season. Redding is currently hitting at a .421 clip, and she is 8-of-8 on stolen base attempts.

Senior Clara Larson, at .411, and sophomore Renata Boyd, at .404, round out the top three Orediggers batters.

Mines is 8-4 defending Joe Coors, Jr., Softball Field this season, winning two of its three home series’, and splitting the latest.

CSC is 5-13 on the road at its opponent’s ballparks.