CSC ELIMINATED AT RMAC SB TOURNAMENT

Posted 11 months ago

By John Axtell

CSC SB 14 teamThe best season for the Chadron State College softball team since the program was resurrected in 2006 came to a disappointing end Friday afternoon as the Eagles lost to Metro State 9-1 in the second elimination round of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament in Grand Junction.

The game was ended under the mercy rule after the Roadrunners scored 6 runs in the bottom of the 6th inning. Chadron State ends the season 28-23.

The two teams were scoreless the first two innings, but Chadron State went up 1-0 in the top of the 3rd when Rebecca Wetsch roped a single down the left field line to score Shea Graham, who’d been hit by a pitch. That would prove to be their only run.

The Roadrunners answered with two runs in the bottom of the frame on two singles and a 2-base error by the Eagles. Metro State extended the lead to 3-1 in the 5th with a walk, stolen base, and single…the put the game away with their big sixth inning.

A single, walk, and error brought in the first run of the inning and the second scored on a single after another walk and a strike out. A fly out put the Eagles on the verge of keeping the game going, but Dani Sandel hit a 3-run triple and scored the game-ending run when the next runner doubled.

Chadron State’s offense struggled as Metro State’s Cassidy Smith limited the Eagles to just 4 hits…two singles by Wetsch and one each by Casey Polk and Jessica Eatmon.  Smith struck out 2, walked 1 and hit one in throwing 70 pitches for the 6 inning victory.

CSC’s Kylee Polsley, who ended up taking both losses at the tournament to finish 16-8 on the year, gave up 8 hits while striking out 2, walking 3, and hitting 1.  Only 4 of Metro State’s 9 runs were earned.