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(Neb)-CSC Stays Alive At RMAC Softball Tournament

By: John Axtell Posted at: 05/04/2018 01:01 AM
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo -       Chadron State dropped its opener in the RMAC softball tournament in Grand Junction to top-seeded and 3rd-ranked Colorado Mesa 3-0 yesterday, but bounced back in an elimination game to beat Colorado School of Mines 3-2.

      The Eagles meet the loser of this morning's winner's bracket battle between Regis and Colorado Christian in another elimination game at 1:00.

      Bad weather and long games pushed back the start time of the Mesa game about 2 hours and lightning halted the game for 68 minutes in the 5th inning.

      Eagles' starter Jessica Jeracki limited Mesa to ony 4 hits and struck out 5 to break the CSC single-season record, but the Marvericks' Kimbri Herring was even better.

      Herring struck out 13, walked none, and allowed just 2 base runners - Abby Anderson, who was hit leading off the 3rd and Allie Mason, who doubled leading off the 5th. She is 18-1 this season.

      Metro took a 1-0 lead in the 3rd on a walk and an RBI double, then added 2 more in the 5th. The lightning delay came after Jeracki had struck out the first 2 batters, but the first 2 after play resumed hit triples, the second scoring on a throwing error.

      Jeracki also threw the second game and was superb against Colorado Mines as she again scattered 4 hits but struck out 11 and walked only 2...improving her record to 11-16. The Eagles have been shutout in 11 of her losses and scored just 1 run in 2 others.

      The Eagles used small ball to score in the bottom of the 1st as Angelica Maple reached on an error, went to 2nd on a sacrifice, took 3rd on a ground out, and scored on a double by Kayla Michel. They made it 3-0 in the 5th on a 2-run homer by Bailynn Meek after a 2-out single by Alyssa Geist, but the Eagles left runners on 2nd and 3rd in both their scoring innings.

       Mines got both its runs in the top of the 6th, opening with an error and following with 3 singles, but Anderson threw out the tying run at the plate on the last single, Michel applying the tag. Jeracki then struck out the side in the 7th for the win

     In other first round  action, 2nd-seeded Colorado Christian edged Adams State 2-1, #3 Regis beat Colorado-Colorado Springs in a 10-9 slugfest, and Metro State-Denver squeezed past Mines 5-4. Adams State beat UCCS 9-6 in the other elimination game.


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