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(Neb.)- Eagles End Season At RMAC Tournament

By: Jeremy Anderson Posted at: 05/04/2018 07:51 PM
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – The Chadron State College softball team managed to come back from a 3-0 deficit in Friday's Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament game in Grand Junction, Colorado, but the Regis University Rangers pulled away in the seventh inning to win 9-3 and eliminate the Eagles from the tournament.

Regis, tabbed the visitor by virtue of a coin flip, led off the first inning with back to back base hits and scored Jaiden Johnson. The Rangers again led off the third hitting twice consecutively, and a sac fly plus a single by designated player Lauren Hernandez brought the score to 3-0.

CSC's turn came in the bottom of the third, when Francine Boston and Angelica Maples started things off with singles. Bailynn Meek also singled to bring home both runners after a throwing error. Later, Katelyn Eldredge, pinch-running for Meek, came home on a Kayla Michel RBI single to tie it 3-3.

The fourth and fifth innings went by with little action other than a fourth-inning double by Kendyl Moody. Regis went up again, 4-3, on a bases loaded walk with two out in the sixth. The inning ended with bases still loaded, as the Rangers' Johnson flew out to center field.

In the seventh, Regis strung together five hits and a sac bunt to drive across five runs for the 9-3 win. Sophomore Megan Horn came into the game to relieve starter Jessica Jarecki, but was charged two of the five runs, both earned.

For the tournament, Jarecki posted a 3.68 earned runs average, going 1-2 against the first, third, and fifth-place teams in the RMAC regular season. She struck out 20 batters, over 19 innings pitched, allowing the Eagles' opponents a .221 batting average.

Fellow sophomore Allie Mason led the Eagles in the batter's box with a 6-for-9, .667 average and two doubles. Michel batted 3-for-9, for a .333 average, and Meek led the team with four RBI and scored one run on a homer Thursday night.

Meek and Michel led the team for the season with batting averages of .337 and .329, respectively.

Chadron State concludes the season with a 16-34 overall record and was 13-24 in league play.


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