Kaleb Center, CSC Sports Information Director
The Chadron State College softball team lost a pair of home Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference games to Adams State University on Saturday.
The Grizzlies forced 10 innings in a 13-11 win in a three-hour game one showdown, and they prevailed 8-3 in game two.
The Eagles (6-32, 5-21 RMAC) fell into a tie with New Mexico Highlands for 11th place in the league standings. ASU improved to 11-26 (6-20 RMAC) and took sole ownership of 10th.
Chadron State held serve against the Grizzlies through nine innings, but ASU tipped the scale in the 10th. The score was 5-4 after three innings, 7-6 after four, and 9-9 through five.
The game remained tied after Paige Propp and Lauren Zimmerman laced together a single and an RBI double, respectively, in the bottom of the seventh, sending the game to extra innings at 10-10.
In the eighth and ninth innings, things quieted down, with only one base hit between the two teams after 31 combined among the teams in regulation.
Four hits in five at-bats, with only one out in the 10th, produced three runs for the Grizzlies in the final inning, and CSC managed only a solo homer, by Propp, giving ASU the 13-10 win.
Jasmine Garbiso improved to 4-4 on the season with the pitching win. CSC’s Gabby Russell fell to 1-6.
The pace of the afternoon game was quicker. Through two innings, neither team scored and both were held to just a single hit.
In the third, ASU’s Kylea Wall led off the top of the inning with a solo home run, giving the Grizzlies a lead they never relinquished.
With one out in the fourth, Adams State strung together five straight hits including Wall’s third homer of the day, a towering two-run shot to left center. They also got an RBI double from Ruby Cota, who was ASu’s second out, trying to take third on the throw to home plate.
CSC answered with back-to-back homers by pinch-hitter Mackenzi Kroll and Chloe Brown, in the bottom of the inning, netting three runs to close it to 4-3.
That was the last of the scoring for the Eagles, but ASU put three more across in the fifth inning, putting four hits on the board including a two-run dinger. The Grizzlies also received a pair of free bases from getting hit by pitches, and they left the bases loaded on the third out.
ASU’s Mariah Madrid tacked on a solo home run in the seventh to put her team on top 8-3.
The elder Garbiso sister, Jade, received her second win of the season, improving to 2-8, while CSC’s Kenzi Garner received the loss to go to 3-8 on the season.
Typically a first baseman, CSC senior Allie Mason stepped in as a relief pitcher in the fourth, facing 17 batters in three and one-third innings of work.
Despite a less than favorable weather forecast, the Eagles and Grizzlies will make an attempt to play another doubleheader on Sunday, beginning at 11 a.m.