Chargers steal both wins in doubleheader

Jacob Koziara

GHC baseball hosted a doubleheader on Sunday, March 1 against the Sinclair Tartans of Dayton, Ohio. The first game resulted in a 6-4 come from behind win for GHC over the Tartans.

In the second game Amiel Abreu, a righty, took the mound. Abreu threw four innings, mostly getting grounders to short and fly balls for easy outs.

Blake Oxenreider slides safely into third base, March 1. Photo by Shelby Hogland.
Blake Oxenreider slides safely into third base, March 1. Photo by Shelby Hogland.

The Chargers were down 3-0 going into the third inning when shortstop Matt Rivera footed out a single. With Rivera’s speed on first, the Chargers took advantage and cashed in on a wild pitch later to put GHC on the board.

Alec Arnsdorff led off the fourth inning with a base knock to the left side. Then up came Zack Nierstedt, a third baseman, who fought at the plate with the Tartans pitcher and came up with a single to left.

On the verge of a rally, Ty Ervin came to the dish with bases juiced and GHC down 4-1. Ervin took the opportunity with a swat placed to the second baseman who couldn’t handle it and botched the throw. Ervin reached safe and two runs scored. Sinclair’s pitcher, under pressure, threw a wild pitch, sending the tying run home for the Chargers.

Sophomore Dalton Geekie gathered himself and stepped in to put the Chargers ahead for the first time on a RBI sac fly to right. GHC was ahead 5-4 with two men on when a bizarre at bat unfolded.

Nick Day struck out, but Sinclair’s catcher couldn’t hold on to the ball causing a dropped third strike. The catcher botched the throw to first which led to a spirited sprint from Day and the two Chargers on base to make the score 8-4.

After a rally by the Tartans to level the score at 8, Nierstedt scored Bryan Quillens on a squeeze bunt, and the Chargers won 9-8, sweeping the doubleheader.