Posted 11 months ago
By John Axtell
The Chadron State College softball team got back on the winning track Sunday, splitting a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference doubleheader at Regis University in Denver.
The Eagles, who entered Sunday’s games with three straight losses, picked up a 5-3 victory over Regis in the opening game before falling 9-1 in the day’s finale.
In the first game, Chadron State pitcher Kylee Polsley tossed a complete game six-hitter and the Eagles scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning to claim a 5-3 win.
The Rangers (7-12, 6-3 RMAC) struck first in the opening frame with 1 run on 2 doubles and an error, but CSC took the lead 2-1 in the 2nd when Courtney Lecher hit a two-run double to center field.
Regis answered with 2 in the bottom of the 3rd on 2 walks and 2 singles, but the Eagles tied it an inning later when a bases-loaded walk to Caity Pelayo with 1 out brought in Morgan Wilhelm. CSC couldn’t push another run across and the game remained scoreless going into the top of the 7th.
After a leadoff out, Sarah Knudsen got all the way to 2nd on an error. Center fielder Rebecca Wetsch was hit by a pitch, Katie Londo singled to load the bases, and Knudsen scored on a bad throw on a fielder’s choice by Jessica Eatmon.
Katelyn Kruger then drew the Eagles second bases-loaded walk of the game for a 5-3 lead and Polsley retired the side in the bottom of the 7th on a strikeout, line out, and ground out to secure the win. Polsley struck out 5 while walking just 2.
The second game was all Regis as injuries forced CSC coach Rob Stack to go with little-used pitchers Megan Vincent and Jessica Eatmon.
Regis scored 2 unearned runs in the 1st and would have had a third except the Eagles gunned down a runner trying to score from 1st…Wetsch to second-baseman Rebecca Anthony to catcher Casey Polk.
The respite was short-live as the Rangers scored 6 runs in the 2nd, capped by a grand slam off Vincent. The Eagles only run came in the 5th on 2 walks and 2 errors, and Regis matched that in the bottom of the inning to end the game on the mercy rule.
Regis pitcher Brittany Lee dominated the CSC hitters, striking out 6 and giving up just 2 hits…doubles by Kruger and Wetsch…while walking 3. Vincent and Eatmon gave up 9 hits and walked 5 while striking out just 2.
The Eagles and Regis were originally scheduled to play doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday, but the games were pushed back a day by bad weather forecasts, so they will play two more games Monday at noon and 2 p.m.
Chadron State (6-12, 3-3 RMAC) was also scheduled to play two games at the University of Nebraska-Kearney on Tuesday but those games have been postponed to a later date because of scheduling conflicts.