BY: JOHN MURPHY
CSC Sports Information Director
CHADRON, Neb. – March 5, 2023 – The Chadron State College softball team swept Fort Lewis on Sunday, going 3-1 on the weekend.
The victories improve the Eagles to 6-13 overall and 4-8 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play. The Skyhawks record is now identical to CSC's.
Chadron State scored four runs in the bottom of the 6th inning to tie the score at five, before a Bailey Steinke single scored Jessica Henchenski in extra innings to win in game one.
After Catheryn Rodman was walked home, Sloan Shotten hit a grand slam in the top of the second for the visitors, giving them a 5-0 lead.
Scoring was halted until the bottom of the fifth when Mackenzie Kroll, a junior from Brighton, Colorado, scored on a wild pitch.
The Eagles rally started in the bottom of the sixth when Ashland Baca was walked and Lauren Zimmerman singled. Addison Spears, a senior from Berthoud, Colorado, hit an RBI double to start the scoring, bringing Baca home.
The run caused a pitching change by the Skyhawks, with Amiee Shanks replacing Caydee Farnworth
The first batter Shanks would see was Kroll, who hit an RBI single that scored Brady Laucomer, Zimmerman's pinch runner.
Henchenski followed Kroll up with another RBI single, scoring Laucomer, a freshman from Scottsbluff.
Sloane Quijas hit a grounder to second and reached by a fielder's choice. The defender threw the ball home where Kroll was called out.
Steinke then hit a grounder to the shortstop, who struggled to pick up the ball, allowing all runners to advance and Henchenski to score, tying the game at five.
With the game in extra innings, Henchenski was walked and Quijas singled, advancing Henchenski to third.
CSC's next batter, Steinke, singled down the left field line, driving home the winning run.
Tori Haug pitched a complete game victory for CSC. She struck out eight, walked four and allowed the Skyhawk's five runs.
Amiee Shanks took the loss for the visitors.
In game 2, CSC scored three runs in the first inning and held on to earn the 3-2 victory.
After CSC's first two batters were walked, Zimmerman doubled to center field, scoring Steinke.
With two outs, a wild pitch would score Aliyah Rothstein, a sophomore from Lakewood, Colorado, and advance the other runners.
After Jazlyn Arvizo was walked, another wild pitch allowed Laucomer to score. Laucomer was pinch running for Zimmerman like she did in game one.
The Skyhawk's would score two runs in the top of the third to finish the game's scoring.
Both teams let their starting pitchers stay in the game and both pitched the complete game.
Delaney Farnsworth, a freshman from Centennial, Colorado, earned the win for CSC. She allowed five hits, four being in the third inning, and struck out eight batters.
Labraida Tenorio, the Skyhawk's pitcher, only allowed two hits but walked six different batters. She struck out three.
Chadron State will be back in action on March 11 & 12, 2023. Metro State in Denver will play hosts to the Eagles. The Roadrunners are 15-6 overall and 12-0 in conference play.