Posted 6 months ago
By John Axtell
The 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.