CSC SB SPLITS SUN DH AT REGIS

Posted 10 months ago

By John Axtell

Courtney Lecher

Courtney Lecher

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.