Softball and baseball struggle against Mission Valley, Rossville

Jacob Meseke | sports editor 

After starting both of their seasons with wins, both baseball and softball have struggling in recent outings.

Baseball started off the season with a 9-8 win over Onaga on March 25. The Chargers entered the seventh inning down by one and walked it off with a single by sophomore Maverick Havenstein. The Chargers then lost the second game 13-2. 

Senior Isaac Lira pitches against Rossville April 9. The Chargers dropped both games to the Dawgs. Photo by Karlee Feyh.

Softball started the season off 2-0 with a sweep of Onaga. Juniors Kaelyn Conrad and Kara Hafenstein as well as sophomore Paxton Meyer all hit home runs against Onaga. 

Last Tuesday baseball got swept by Mission Valley 15-5 and 15-0. In the first game the Chargers started off with 2 runs in the first. However, Mission Valley scored 6 runs in the third and then 7 in the 5th. In the second game Mission Valley opened the game with a first pitch home run. Mission Valley hit 3 home runs in their first 4 hitters. Mission Valley scored 12 runs in the first inning. The Chargers couldn’t get anything going offensively and were run-ruled in the third inning.

Softball got swept by Mission Valley as well. The games were closer, but fell 5-0 and 5-3. The Chargers weren’t able to get anything going offensively and had one-hit in the game. In the second game Hafenstine hit another home run, but the Chargers fell short of a win.

On Friday, baseball was swept by Rossville, 13-3 and 10-0. The Chargers started off down 7-0 in the second inning. The Chargers were able to score 3 runs in the last 2 innings, but it wasn’t enough as Rossville scored 6 runs in the last 2 innings as well. In the second game the Chargers started off down 5-0 and couldn’t get things going offensively.

Softball got swept by Rossville, 6-4 and 17-8. Softball started off up 2-0, but two big innings by Rossville in the 5th and 6th inning pulled them ahead. Junior Madison Havenstein hit a home run. In the second game the Chargers got off to a slow start down 9-2 early, but when things got close Rossville would pull ahead.

Baseball and softball travel to Riley County Tuesday.

Softball won both games 13-2, 15-3. “We came out with more energy and started on top, which helped a lot,” senior Jordan Magette said. The team improved it’s record to 4-4 heading into a doubleheader with Silver Lake Thursday.

Baseball dropped both games to Riley County 2-17, 6-16. They look to improve their 1-7 record Thursday at home against Silver Lake.

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