CSC To Host MSU Denver In Friday-Saturday Softball Series

Photo Courtesy: Daniel Binkard, CSC Sports Information

The Chadron State College softball team is back at home this weekend, for a Friday-Saturday series with Metropolitan State University of Denver in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference action.

The Roadrunners are 8-4, all in league play. They began the season with four losses to Colorado Mesa, which now leads the conference standings, before a lag of nearly three weeks due to postponed games. After that hiatus, they reeled off eight straight wins against New Mexico Highlands and Black Hills State.

Metro’s team earned runs average is second only to Mesa’s in the league stats, led to a 3.33 average by No. 1 ace Darby McGhee, a senior. McGhee, the reigning RMAC Pitcher of the Week, ­earned her fifth such career honor by going 3-0 with a 0.45 ERA against Black Hills last weekend. She struck out 19 batters in 15 2/3 innings of work. Closer Destinee Lopez has two wins to her credit and two saves, leading the team in both ERA (1.02) and opponent batting average (.185) in 13 2/3 innings in the circle. Lopez was the prior Pitcher of the Week before McGhee.

Several of the Roadrunners swing the bat incredibly well. Freshman outfielder Shelby Robb bats .514 to lead her team, followed closely by sophomore outfielder Rebecca Gonzales, Metro’s leadoff batter, at .500. Freshman shortstop Haley Doughty, sophomore second baseman Ari Valdez, and freshman third baseman Olivia Dampier are all hitting over .400 as well. Gonzales earned RMAC Player of the Week on March 23 for her play at Highlands.

Over their eight wins, the Roadrunners combined for a .375 team batting average.

CSC is coming off a 3-1 series win at Highlands in which the Eagles pitchers had possibly their best performances yet this season. Junior Tia Kohl pitched two complete games, with one going nine innings, and allowed only six total earned runs and three walks. Sophomore Peyton Propp was stellar over 11 innings in the circle, allowing only one earned run on the weekend, and pitching an eight-inning, two-hit, complete-game shutout in the series clinching game four.

Senior catcher Bailey Rominger leads the Eagles with a .500 batting average, however her offense has been missed over much of the last three weekends due to injury.

Freshman outfielder Jessie Henchenski has filled that roster spot admirably, going on a seven-game hitting streak to begin her starting role. She is now batting .375 on the season. Sophomore shortstop Bailey Marvel is right behind her at .348 with 17 runs scored.

Freshman third baseman Sloane Quijas leads the team with 16 RBI.

When the two teams last met, at MSU Denver in February 2019, Metro freshman Laney Sheppard batted 7-for-11 with two home runs and four doubles in a 4-0 sweep by the Roadrunners. McGhee pitched 15 solid innings, allowing only one earned run and striking out 13 CSC batters, as MSU Denver held the Eagles to only eight runs in four games.

Game one was a 13-1 romp by the Roadrunners, however CSC kept the rest relatively close at 3-0, 7-6, and 4-1.

Once again, the CSC Softball Field remains closed, however provisions have been made for spectators to attend outside the fence.