Thursday, July 10, 2014

Fuhs Selected to Play in Senior All-Star Game


Lucas County 10-11 Year Olds Place 2nd at Districts



 The Lucas County 10-11 year old All Stars put forth a valiant effort but lost 13-1 to Appanoose County in the District 7 title game at Centerville on July 10th.  With the win Appanoose County advances to the state tournament in Urbandale July 21-27.

   Lucas County had four hits in 19 at bats.  Appanoose County had seven hits in 22 at bats.  Lucas County's run came on a home run by Jakson Cobb, who went 1-3 with a home run, a run scored and an RBI.  Kaden Fitzgerald went 2-2 with a double and a single.  Ty Luedke went 1-2 with a single.  Quentin Curtis went 0-3.  Logan Demichelis, Brody McReynolds and Preston Lane each went 0-2.  Zach Steinhausen went 0-1.  Erik Nanmcyk and Ryan Grother each went 0-1.  Ian Goben drew a walk.
   Cobb pitched three and 2/3 innings for Lucas County and gave up six runs, two earned, on two hits while striking out six and walking six.  Curtis pitched one inning and gave up three runs, all earned, on two hits while striking out two and walking one.  Lane pitched 1/3 of an inning and gave up four runs, all earned, on three hits while striking out one and walking four.

Lucas County Little League Hall of Fame


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Varsity Chargers Beat Pleasantville

Chariton Leader, July 15, 2014
Bill Howes, Associate Editor

   A strong first two innings held the Chariton Varsity boys withstand a rally and win, 10-9, over Pleasantville at Chariton on July 9th.
   The Trojans scored once in the top of the first but the Chargers reeled off five runs in the bottom of the inning and three more runs in the second to take an 8-1 lead.  Pleasantville put together a furious rally to score six runs in the fourth to make it an 8-7 game.  The Chargers answered with two more runs in the bottom of the sixth to make the score 10-7 with an inning left.
   Pleasantville scored two more runs in the top of the seventh to make it a one run game but couldn't tie it.
   Brendon Woods got the win on the mound for Chariton.  In three and 2/3 innings he gave up four runs, one earned, on six hits while striking out two and walking two.  Spencer Sherrick pitched three innings and gave up five runs, all earned, on five hits while striking out two and walking two.  Brett Braida pitched 1/3 of an inning and gave up one hit and no runs.
   Chariton pounded out 10 hits.  Braida went 2-3 with a triple and a double, three runs scored, three RBIs, a stolen base and a walk.  Kobey Riechmann went 2-4 with a triple and a single and a run scored.  Adam Kaska went 2-2 with two singles, three runs scored, a stolen base and two walks.
   Charlie Palmer went 1-3 with a single, a run scored, an RBI, a stolen base and a walk.  Drew Derringer went 1-3 with a single and a run scored.  Austin Ritenour went 1-3 with a single, a run scored, an RBI and a walk.  Woods went 1-1 with a single.  Aaron Cain went 0-2 with an RBI and Ethan Curnutte went 0-3 with an RBI.  Spencer Sherrick went 0-2.

Pictures from ADM Game on July 9th



Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Chariton Varsity Boys Sweep Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont

Chariton Leader, July 15, 2014
Bill Howes, Associate Editor

   Timely hitting and scoring were keys for the Chariton varsity boys in a doubleheader of a sweep against Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont at Eddyville on July 8th.
   Chariton had just 11 hits total in both games but made them count and received solid pitching and defense in both games to get the sweep.
Chariton 7  Eddyville 2
   The first game was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth when the Rockets scored once to take a 1-0 lead.  The Chargers responded with five runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth to take a commanding 7-1 lead.  The Rockets scored once more in the bottom of the seventh but couldn't get any closer.
   Charlie Palmer went the distance on the mound and got the win.  In seven innings, he gave up two runs, one earned, on five hits while striking out six and walking two.
   Chariton had five hits in the game.  Brett Braida had his second homer in two days and went 2-3 with a home run, a single, two runs scored, three RBIs, a walk and a stolen base.
   Austin Ritenour went 1-3 with a single, a run scored, an RBI and a walk.  Kobey Riechmann went 1-4 with a single and a run scored.  Drew Derringer went 1-4 with a single.  Aaron Cain went 0-4 with an RBI.  Ethan Curnutte went 0-4.  Adam Kaska went 0-1 with two runs scored and three walks.  Jon Lazear went 0-4 with a run scored.  Charlie Palmer went 0-4.
Chariton 2  Eddyville 1
   Chariton received excellent pitching in the second game as well to get the win.  Kobey Riechmann went the distance on the mound and got the win.  In seven innings he gave up one run, which was unearned on six hits while striking out eight and walking none..
   Chariton scored once in the top of the first to take a 1-0 lead.  In the top of the sixth Chariton scored again to go up 2-0.
   The Rockets scored once in the bottom of the sixth to cut the lead to 2-1.  Neither team could score again in the seventh.
   Chariton had six hits in this game.  Kobey Riechmann went 2-3 with two singles, two runs scored and a stolen base.
   Ritenour went 2-3 with a double, single and two RBIs.  Lazear went 1-2 with a single and a stolen base.  Palmer went 1-3 with a single.  Braida, Cain and Spencer Sherrick each went 0-3.  Kaska went 0-2.  Carter Riechmann went 0-2 and Ethan Curnutte went 0-1.

Varsity Girls' Season Ends with 7-5 Loss to 5th Ranked 1-35 at Districts

Herald-Patriot, July 10, 2014
Bill Howes, Associate Editor

   The Chariton Varsity girls' season came to a close with a 7-6 loss to fifth ranked Interstate 35 in the first round of District play at I-35 on July 8th.  The Lady Chargers played very well and led 6-4 going into the bottom of the seventh but couldn't quite hold on.  Alexis Curran hit a home run and went 2-3 with a home run, a single, a run scored and an RBI.
   Chariton ended the season with an 11-13 record.  I-35 (21-3) advanced to play PCM at I-35 on July 11th.
   Chariton led 2-1 after one inning and 3-1 after two.  The Roadrunners scored three runs in the third to take a 4-3 lead.  In the top of the seventh, Chariton scored three runs to take a 6-4 lead and were close to pulling an upset.  But the Roadrunners rallied to score three runs in the bottom of the seventh to pull out the win.
   "This was a tough loss.  We battled the entire game.  I'm very proud of the progress we made throughout the season.  We lose three seniors, Emma Fuhs, Kourtney Nichols and Brittany White, who did a good job stepping up to lead our team.  We will miss their leadership.  We will return seven starters next year and hopefully they will work in the off season to make themselves better and be ready to go again,"  Chariton Head Coach Deb Seuferer said.
   Ellie Bengtson took the loss on the mound.  She gave up seven runs, six earned, on eight hits, while striking out six and walking three.  Chariton's defense committed four errors.
   Chariton had eight hits.  Carley Arnold went 2-4 with two singles, two runs scored and an RBI.  She also reached base on error once.  Micaela Folkerts went 2-4 with two singles and an RBI.  Emma Fuhs went 1-3 with a double, two RBIs and a walk.  Kourtney Nichols went 1-4 with a single.
   Kendall Hardie went 0-2 with a run scored, a walk, and she was hit by a pitch.  Maria Blong went 0-2 with a run scored and a sacrifice.  She also reached base on error once.  Delaney Richards went 0-3 with an RBI, a sacrifice, and she reached base on error once.  Nikki Vande Lune went 0-3.  Jessica Wiederholt scored a run.
   Emma Fuhs had six put outs and Arnold had four.  Nichols and Richards had three apiece.  Folkerts had two and Hardie had one.  Bengtson had seven assists.  Folkerts and Richards each had one.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Varsity Boys Beat Southeast Warren-Liberty Center

Chariton Leader, July 15, 2014
Bill Howes, Associate Editor

   A six-run fourth inning propelled the Chariton varsity baseball team to a 10-7 win over Southeast Warren-Liberty Center at Chariton on July 7th.  Brett Braida homered for the Chargers and went 2-4 with a home run, a single, one run scored and three RBIs.
   Chariton pounded out 10 runs on 14 hits.  Aaron Cain went 3-4 with three singles, three runs scored and a stolen base.  Kobey Riechmann went 3-4 with a double, two singles, a run scored, an RBI, a walk and a stolen base.  Drew Derringer went 2-3 with a double, single, a run scored, an RBI and a walk.
   The Warhawks scored five runs in the top of the second to take an early 5-0 lead.  The Chargers scored once in the second and two more in the third to cut the lead to 5-3.  Chariton erupted for six runs in the fourth to take a 9-5 lead.  Chariton scored once more in the fifth to extend their lead to 10-5.  The Warhawks scored two more runs in the top of the seventh but couldn't get any closer.
   Spencer Sherrick pitched six innings and gave up five runs, four earned, on eight hits while striking out four and walking one.  Brendon Woods pitched one inning and gave up two runs, both earned, on three hits while striking out none and walking one.
   Jon Lazear went 1-2 with a single, two RBIs and a walk.  Charlie Palmer went 1-3 with a single and an RBI.  Carter Riechmann went 1-4 with a single and a run scored.  Austin Ritenour went 1-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI.  Adam Kaska went 0-3 with two runs scored and two walks.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Varsity Boys Lose Home Doubleheader to Centerville

Chariton Leader, July 8, 2014
Bill Howes, Associate Editor

   The Chariton varsity boys lost both games of a doubleheader at home against Centerville.  In the first game, the Big Reds used a six run third inning to get a 7-1 win and in the second game they broke a 2-2 tie with a run in the eighth inning to win, 3-2.  The varsity Chargers are now 14-14 overall.
Centerville 7 Chariton 1
   In the first game Chariton took a 1-0 lead with a run in the bottom of the first.  Adam Kaska had a base hit with one out to get a man on base.  Following a Brett Braida ground out, Austin Ritenour smacked a double to center field to score Kaska and give Chariton a 1-0 lead.
   The score remained 1-0 until the top of the third when Centerville scored six runs.  Right fielder Hunter Cowan began the inning with a base hit to left.  After a ground out by Treye Rinehart, Payton Kauzlarich had an infield hit to put runners at first and third with one out.
   Grant Walker hit it to second, which resulted in a force out and made the runners hold with two outs.  The next batter smacked a base hit to tie the game at 1-1.  With runners at first and second with two outs, Michael Firkins had a base hit to left to score a run and make it 2-1.  Micahel Starcevich hit a two-run double to score two more runs to make it 4-1.  Jared Armington walked to put runners at first and second once again.
   First baseman Brett Kauzlarich hit a double to right field to score another run to make it 5-1.  Hunter Cowan hit it past third base to score another run and make it 6-1 Centerville.  Chariton couldn't get any more runs across and the Big Reds added one more run in the top of the seventh to make it 7-1.
   Kobey Riechmann took the loss on the mound.  In six innings, he gave up six runs, five earned, on nine hits, while striking out two and walking two.  Riley Walters pitched one inning and gave up one unearned run on one hit while striking out none and walking one.
   Chariton had seven hits in the game.  Kaska went 2-4 with two singles and a run scored.  Aaron Cain went 2-3 with two singles.  Ritenour went 1-3 with a double and an RBI.  Charlie Palmer went 1-3 with a single and Spencer Sherrick went 1-3 with a single.  Braida, Drew Derringer and Carter Riechmann each went 0-3.  Kobey Riechmann went 0-4.
Centerville 3  Chariton 2
   In the second game Chariton had only three hits.  Each team scored twice in the first inning and the score remained 2-2 until Centerville scored once in the top of the eight and held on for the win.
   Ethan Curnutte took the loss on the mound.  In seven and 2/3 innings he gave up three runs, all earned, on eight hits while striking out three and walking three.  Braida pitched 1/3 of an inning and didn't give up any hits or runs.
   Cain went 1-3 with a single and two RBIs.  Kobey Riechmann went 1-3 with a single and a walk.  Kaska went 1-4 with a single and a run scored.  Braida went 0-3 with a run scored.  Curnutte went 0-3 and Derringer went 0-2 with a walk.  Palmer, Ritenour and Sherrick each went 0-3.

Chandler Wins in Kentucy


JV and 9th Girls End Season With Rout of Davis County

Herald-Patriot, July 10, 2014
Bill Howes, Associate Editor

   The Chariton JV girls closed out their season in style with an 11-0 thrashing of Davis County at Bloomfield July 3rd.  Sophia DeMaria tossed a three-hit shutout in the win.  The Chariton JV girls ended the season with a 9-5-2 record.
   Chariton scored once in the second, twice in the fourth and eight runs in the fifth.  In five innings DeMaria gave up no runs and three hits while striking out seven and walking none.  Jessica Wiederholt was the catcher.
   "This was a great way to go out.  The girls were really playing well as a team and they worked hard to accomplish their goals of a solid defense and all putting the ball in play,"  Chariton JV Head Coach Kris Bengtson said.
   It took Chariton a few innings to get their bats going, but in the fifth they blew the game open when Saydee Terrell hit an in the park grand slam home run scoring four RBIs.  Terrell went 1-4 with a home run, a run scored and four RBIs.
   Ashley Storm went 3-4 with three singles, three runs scored and an RBI.  Wiederholt went 2-4 with two singles, a run scored and an RBI.
   Kelsey Carver went 1-3 with a double and a run scored.  Mackenzie Curran went 1-3 with a single and a run scored.  Taylor Sandy scored a run and had an RBi.  Maria Blong, Victoria Simms and DeMaria each scored a run.
   "I really enjoyed working with all of these girls.  They continued to work hard every game and put forth their best effort.  It was a fun season," Coach Bengtson said.
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9th Girls Beat DC in Final Game
   The Chariton freshman softball team ended their season with a 7-1 thrashing of Davis County in Bloomfield on July 3rd.  Chariton pounded out 17 runs on 11 hits and pitcher Aubrie Richards tossed a two-hitter in the win.  Chariton ended the season 6-8 overall.
   "We played really well to end the season on a high note.  The girls improved so much throughout the season and it was nice to get three wins in a row to end the season," Chariton Freshman Head Coach Tanna Seuferer said.
   Richards gave up one run, which was unearned on two hits while striking out five and walking two.  Mackenzie Curran went 2-4 with two doubles, two runs scored and three RBIs.  Danica Derringer went 2-3 with a double, single, a run scored and an RBI.  She also reached base on an error once.  Tressa Shore went 2-3 with a triple, single, three runs scored, three RBIs and a walk.  She also reached base on an error once.
   Autumn Gwinn went 1-3 with a single.  Jacklynn Johnson went 1-3 with a single, a run scored and an RBI.  She also reached base on an error once.  Trinity Kemper went 1-1 with a single, two runs scored and two RBIs.  Saydee Terrell went 1-2 with a single, a run scored, a walk.  She was also hit by a pitch and stole a base.  Sara Swainey went 1-5 with a single, two runs scored and an RBI.  She also reached base on an error twice.
   Richards went 0-3 with two runs scored.  She also reached base on an error twice, hit into a fielder's choice and was hit by a pitch.  Hannah Simmons went 0-1.  Bree Anderson went 0-2 with two runs scored and a walk.  She also reached base on an error once.  Shelby Jensen scored a run and had a walk.

Varsity Girls Rout Davis County, 16-3

Chariton Leader, July 10, 2014
Bill Howes, Associate Editor

   A sterling offensive performance was key for the Chariton varsity girls in a 16-3 win at Davis County in five innings on July 3rd.
   Carley Arnold had a huge night at the plate, almost hitting for the cycle (single, double, triple, home run).  She had a single, double and home run and six RBIs in the win.
   Chariton pounded out 12 hits.  The Lady Chargers scored once in the first and once in the second to take a 2-0 lead.  They erupted for six runs in the third to go ahead 8-0.  Davis County scored three runs in the bottom of the third but Chariton answered with six more in the fourth to go up 14-3.  Chariton wasn't done with lighting up the scoreboard as they scored two more runs in the fifth.
  Ellie Bengtson got the win on the mound.  In five innings she gave up three runs, two earned, on three hits while striking out three and walking two.
   Arnold went 3-4 with a single, double, home run, a run scored and six RBIs.  Micaela Folkerts went 2-4 with two singles, two runs scored and three stolen bases.  Alexis Curran went 2-3 with two singles, three runs scored and a walk.
   Kendall Hardie went 1-2 with a single, three runs scored, three walks and she reached base on error once.  Kourtney Nichols went 1-3 with a single, a run scored, an RBI and she was hit by a pitch.
   Nikki Vande Lune went 1-3 with a single and a sacrifice.  Delaney Richards went 1-4 with a single, two runs scored and she reached base on error once.  Maria Blong went 1-1 with a single, two runs scored and two RBIs.  She was also hit by a pitch twice.  Sarah Fuhs went 0-1 with an RBI.
   Emma Fuhs went 0-3 with a walk.  Jessica Wiederholt scored a run.  Saydee Terrell scored a run and stole a base.  Brittany White was hit by a pitch.
   Chariton had 15 put outs.  Arnold had six and Emma Fuhs had three.  Bengtson, Hardie, Nichols, Folkerts, Richards and Curran each had one.  Chariton had nine assists.  Bengtson had five assists and Hardie had two.  Arnold and Richards each had one.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Varsity Girls Upset #13 Albia in Key Game

Chariton Leader, July 8, 2014
Bill Howes, Associate Editor

   A five run first inning helped the Chariton varsity girls beat 13th ranked Albia, 6-4, at Chariton on July 2nd.  The Lady Chargers overcame two first inning home runs by Albia's Sydney Weldon and Lexie VanPolen and a 2-0 deficit by reeling off five runs of their own in the bottom of the inning and holding Albia to just two runs the rest of the night.  The win avenged a 3-0 loss at Albia back on June 12.  It was also Senior Night for the Chariton girls where the seniors were honored before the game.
   "This was another good game.  After the home run in the top of the first, I thought we settled down.  Our five runs in the bottom of the first inning were huge and we did a good job of putting the ball in play.  Pitcher Ellie Bengtson held Weldon to just one hit for the game, the home run, and a walk and her two strikeouts were key for us," Chariton Head Coach Deb Seuferer said.
   Weldon batted first and led off the top of the first with a home run to make it 1-0.  After a strikeout, Van Polen hit a home run to make the score 2-0.  After a walk by Emma Dineen, Albia first baseman Hannah Isley had a base hit to put runners at first and second with one out.  Taegen Bossard flew out to center field for the second out and the runners advanced to second and third.  Bengtson struck out the next batter, Mary Shepard, for the third out to keep the score 2-0.
   In the bottom of the first, Kendall Hardie led off with a walk.  Kourtney Nichols hit the ball to first and was safe on a bad throw, putting runners at first and third with no outs.  Carley Arnold lined out to second for the first out.  While Emma Fuhs was up, Nichols was caught in a pickle and was safe at second and Hardie scored to make it 2-1 Albia.  Fuhs smacked a base hit to score Nichols to tie the game at 2-2.  Jessica Wiederholt came in as a courtesy runner for Fuhs.
   Micaela Folkerts hit a base hit to center to put runners at first and second with one out.  While Delaney Richards was up, a passed ball caused both runners to advance.  Richards smacked a two-run double to score Wiederholt and Folkerts and make the score 4-2 Chariton.
   After Chariton hit a fly ball to pitcher Lexie VanPolen for the second out, Alexis Curran had a base hit to score Richards to make the score 5-2.  While Maria Blong was up, Curran was thrown out at second for the third out. 
   Folkerts led off the bottom of the third with a base hit to center.  A bunt by Richards advanced Folkerts to second.  Nikki Vande Lune flew out to center for the second out.  Curran had a base hit to center to score Folkerts and make the score 6-2 Chariton.  Blong struck out for the third out to keep the score at 6-2.
   Mary Shepard led off the top of the fourth inning for Albia with a base hit.  Bengtson struck out Kaitlyn Spieler for the first out.  Right fielder Hannah Romanco had a double to put runners at second and third with one out.  The next Albia batter drew a walk to load the bases with one out.  Left fielder Kenzie Griffin hit the ball to Hardie at short who threw it to Fuhs at home for the force out.  An errant throw to first by Fuhs allowed two runs to score to make it 6-4 Chariton.  The next batter, VanPolen grounded out to Folkerts for the third out.
   Bengtson went the distance on the mound and got the win.  In seven innings she gave up four runs, all earned, on seven hits while striking out six and walking two.  Chariton's defense played well behind Bengtson committing just two errors.
   Chariton had eight hits, in the game.  Folkerts went 2-3 with two singles and two runs scored.  Curran went 2-3 with two singles and two RBIs.
   Emma Fuhs went 1-2 with a single, RBI and a walk.  Hardie went 1-2 with a single, a run scored, two walks and was hit by a pitch.  Blong went 1-3 with a single.  Richards went 1-2 with a double, a run scored, two RBIs and a sacifice.  Nichols went 0-4 with a run scored and reached base by error once.  Arnold went 0-2 and was hit by a pitch.  Vande Lune went 0-2 with a sacrifice.  Wiederholt scored a run.
   Chariton had 21 put outs as a team.  Arnold had nine and Emma Fuhs had seven.  Curran had two and Hardie, Richards and Blong had one apiece.  Chariton had 17 assists as a team.  Bengtson had eight and Hardie had five.  Folkerts and Richards each had two.

Great Offense Lifts JV Girls Over Albia

Herald-Patriot, July 10, 2014
Bill Howes, Associate Editor

Chariton Scores 13 runs, has no errors in win
   A barrage of scoring lifted the Chariton JV girls to a 13-5 win over Albia at Chariton on July 2nd.  Chariton scored in every inning they batted and received stellar pitching and error less defense to get the win.
   Albia scored two runs in the top of the first to take a 2-0 lead.  Chariton answered with two runs in the bottom of the first and four in the second to take a 6-2 lead.  Albia rallied to score three runs in the third to cut the lead to 6-5.  However Chariton kept lighting up the scoreboard with one run in the third and three in the fourth and three in the fifth innings to blow the game wide open.
   Sophia DeMaria got the win on the mound with Jessica Wiederholt as her catcher.  DeMaria gave up five earned runs on seven hits while striking out six and walking one.
   Saydee Terrell went 3-4 with three singles, two runs scored, two RBIs and two stolen bases.  Kelsey Carver went 1-3 with a triple, one run scored and three RBIs.
   Mackenzie Curran went 1-4 with a single, a run scored and one RBI.  Shaynee McCormick went 1-3 with a single, a run scored and one RBI.  
   Taylor Sandy scored one run and had two RBIs.  Wiederholt scored two runs and had three stolen bases.  Sarah Fuhs scored two runs and had two stolen bases.
   Maria Blong scored one run.  Ashley Storm scored one run.  Tressa Shore was the courtesy runner for DeMaria and scored one run.
   "It was a fun way to play out our last game on a chilly night in July," Chariton JV Head Coach Kris Bengtson said.

9th Girls Give Great Effort in Win Over Albia

Herald-Patriot, July 10, 2014
Bill Howes, Associate Editor

   A valiant effort by the Chariton freshman girls lifted them to a 7-6 win over Albia at Chariton on July 2nd. Chariton had timely hitting and received solid pitching to get the win.
   "The girls played well in this game.  They did a great job of not giving up and battling until the end.  They did a great job of getting things started on the night for the Chargers," Chariton Freshman head Coach Tanna Seuferer said.
   Mackenzie Curran got the win on the mound.  In three innings she gave up one earned run on two hits while striking out three and walking one.  Aubrie Richards pitched two innings and gave up five runs, three earned, on five hits while striking out three and walking three.  Chariton's defense committed three errors.
   Chariton had three hits at the plate.  Tressa Shore went 1-2 with a triple and three runs scored.  She also had two stolen bases and reached base on error once and was hit by a pitch.  Curran went 1-3 with a double, a run scored and two RBIs.  She also had a stolen base.  Danica Derringer went 1-3 with a single and she reached base on error once.
   Richards went 0-3 with a run scored and RBI.  She also stole two bases and reached base on error once and hit into a fielder's choice.  Autumn Gwinn, Jacklynn Johnson, Hannah Simmons, Trinity Kemper, Sara Swainey and Bree Anderson each went 0-1.  Gwinn reached base on error once.
   Saydee Terrell went 0-1 with a run scored and two walks.  Shelby Jensen went 0-1 with a run scored and she reached base on error once.  Allison Summerfield went 0-1 with a walk.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Varsity Boys Lose Twinbill to Albia on the Road

Chariton Leader, July 8, 2014
Bill Howes, Associate Editor


   The Chariton varsity boys lost both games of a doubleheader at Albia on July 1st.  The Chargers lost the first game 12-2 in five innings and the second game, 12-7.  The Chargers built early leads in both games but big innings by Albia in each game helped the Blue Demons rally from deficits and get the sweep.
Albia 12  Chariton 2
   Eight runs in the first three innings helped Albia to a 12-2 win in the first game.  The Chargers got on the board first with two runs in the top of the first to take a 2-0 lead.  Albia scored twice in the bottom of the second to tie it at 2-2.  The Blue Demons reeled off six runs in the third to take an 8-2 lead.  They added one more run in the fourth and three in the fifth to win in five innings.
   Charlie Palmer took the loss on the mound.  In four and 2/3 innings he gave up 12 runs, 10 earned, on 11 hits while striking out three and walking five  Chariton had six hits in the first game.  Austin Ritenour went 2-2 with two singles, an RBI and a walk.  Brett Braida went 1-3 with a single and a run scored.  Drew Derringer went 1-2 with a single.  Palmer went 1-3 with a single and an RBI.  Carter Riechmann went 1-2 with a single.  Adam Kaska went 0-3 with a run scored.  Spencer Sherrick and Carter Miller each went 0-2.  Aaron Cain went 0-3.
Albia 12  Chariton 7
   A nine run fourth inning by Albia in the second game proved to be the difference in a 12-7 win.  Chariton got off to a good start and built a 7-1 lead before the Blue Demons came storming back.  The Chargers scored five runs in the top of the second to take a 5-0 lead.  Albia scored once in the bottom of the second to cut it to 5-1.  Chariton was still in control in the top of the fourth scoring two runs to make it a  7-1 games.
   The Blue Demons reeled off nine runs in the bottom of the fourth inning however to take a 10-7 lead.  Chariton couldn't get any more runs across and the Blue Demons scored two more runs in the bottom of the sixth.
   Cain took the loss on the mound.  In three and 1/3 innings he gave up 10 runs, eight earned, on nine hits while striking out three and walking three.  Braida pitched two and 2/3 inning and gave up two runs, both earned, on four hits while striking out none and walking one.
   Chariton had nine hits in this game.  Ethan Curnutte went 2-3 with two singles, a run scored and two RBIs.  Palmer went 2-4 with two singles and a run scored.  Kobey Riechmann went 2-3 with two singles, a run scored, an RBI and a walk.  Sherrick went 1-2 with a single, two runs scored and a walk.  Kaska went 1-3 with a single and three RBIs.  Ritenour went 1-4 with a single and a run scored.  Braida went 0-4 and Cain went 0-2 with a walk.  Derringer went 0-2.  Quentyn Pennington scored a run.

Blong and Curran Each Had a Homer in Win over Knoxville

Herald-Patriot, July 3, 2014
Bill Howes, Associate Editor

   A pair of home runs by Alexis Curran and Maria Blong helped the Chariton varsity girls to a 6-3 win at Knoxville on July 1st.  
   Curran hit a two-run shot and Blong hist a three-run shot in the win.
   Chariton got on top early in the first inning when Kendall Hardie drew a leadoff walk.  She moved to second on a groundout by Kourtney Nichols and then scored on a single by Carley Arnold.  Chariton scored two more runs in the second to take a 3-0 lead.  The Panthers rallied to score three runs in the third to tie it at 3-3.
   Chariton scored three more runs in the top of the fourth to take a 6-3 lead and played stout defense the rest of the way.
   Ellie Bengtson went the distance on the mound and got the win.  In seven innings she gave up three runs, all earned, on five hits while striking out six and walking five.  She hit three batters and allowed one sacrifice.
   The defense played well behind Bengtson committing just one error.
   Curran went 1-3 with a home run, two runs scored, two RBIs and she reached base by error once.  Blong went 1-3 with a home run, one run scored and three RBIs.
   Delaney Richards went 2-3 with a single, double, and two runs scored.  Arnold went 1-3 with a single and an RBI.
   Hardie went 0-2 with a run scored and two walks.  Nichols went 0-4.  Emma Fuhs and Micaela Folkerts each went 0-3 and Nikki Vande Lune went 0-2.  Sarah Fuhs went 0-1.  Jessica Wiederholt played as a courtesy runner.
   Chariton had 21 put outs as a team.  Emma Fuhs had six and Arnold had five.  Bengtson had four and Folkerts had three.  Hardie had two and Richards had one.
   Chariton had 15 assists.  Bengtson had six and Arnold, Folkerts and Richards had two apiece.  Hardie, Emma Fuhs and Curran each had one.

JV and 9th Girls Beat Knoxville

Bill Howes, Associate Editor
 
A four-run fifth inning was key for the Chariton JV girls in a 7-4 win at Knoxville on July 1st.  Maria Blong and Saydee Terrell both hit home runs in the victory.  With the win, the JV girls moved to 7-5-2 overall.
   Chariton started off fast with one run in the first and two in the second to take a 3-0 lead.  Chariton's defense committed four errors, which let Knoxville back in the game as the Panthers scored twice in the second and once in the third to tie the game at three apiece.
   Chariton exploded for four runs in the fifth inning to take a 7-1 lead.  Blong hit a smash over the left field fence with Jessica Wiederholt on base.  Then Taylor Sandy got on base and Saydee Terrell hit a two-run round tripper over the left-center field fence to give Chariton a four run lead.  Knoxville scored one run in the bottom of the fifth but couldn't get any closer.
   Sophia DeMaria pitched the whole game with Wiederholt as her catcher.  DeMaria gave up four runs, one earned, on six hits while striking out one and walking two.  "Sophia can always be counted on to be consistent on the mound," Chariton JV Head Coach Kris Bengtson said.
   Terrell went 2-3 with a double, a home run, a run scored and two RBIs.  Wiederholt went 2-3 with two singles and three runs scored.  Sarah Fuhs went 1-2 with a single and three RBI.  Blong went 1-1 with a home run, a run scored and two RBIs.  Kelsey Carver went 1-2 with a single.  Ashley Storm went 1-3 with a single.  Ryley Heffron scored one run.
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Fast Start Lifts 9th Girls Over Knoxville
9th Charger Girls Pount Out 11 runs on 5 Hits
  A fast start helped the Chariton freshman girls to an 11-6 win at Knoxville on July 1st.  Chariton pounded  out 11 runs on five hits and also had six walks in the win.
   "The girls played pretty well coming out in the first and scoring three runs.  They all did a nice job of putting the ball in play and making things happen," Chariton Freshman Head Coach Tanna Seuferer said.
   Aubrie Richards got the win on the mound.  In four innings she gave up six runs, all unearned, on three hits while striking out two and walking four.
   Tressa Shore went 2-2 with a triple, single, two runs scored, an RBI and a walk.  She also stole a base.
   Mackenzie Curran went 1-2 with a double, two runs scored, an RBI and a walk.  Saydee Terrell went 1-2 with a double, two runs scored, an RBI and a walk.
   Trinity Kemper went 1-2 with a double and a run scored and she reached base on error once.  Richards went 0-1 with two runs scored and two walks.  Autumn Gwinn went 0-2.  Shelby Jensen went 0-2.
   Danica Derringer went 0-3 with two RBIs and she reached base on error once.  She also hit into a fielder's choice.  Allison Summerfield went 0-2 with two runs scored and a walk.  She also reached base on error once and stole a base.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Lady Chargers Lose to #1 Johnston, but Beat Saydel at Boone Tournament

Chariton Leader, July 10, 2014
Bill Howes, Associate Editor

   The Chariton varsity girls split a couple of games at the Boone Tournament on June 28th.  In their first game, the Lady Chargers lost to the #1 team in Class 5A, Johnston 10-0, in five innings.  Johnston is now 27-2 on the season.  In their second game Chariton shut out Saydel, 2-0.  Chariton's game against Waukee Friday, June 27th was rained out.
Johnston 10 Chariton 0
   Johnston started out fast in this game scoring two runs in the first, five in the second and three in the third.  "We only gave up five hits in this game, but the eight walks we gave up hurt us.  Johnston is very good,"  Chariton Head Coach Deb Seuferer said.
   Ellie Bengtson got the lose on the mound.  In three innings she gave up 10 runs, nine earned, on five hits while striking out one and walking six.  She hit one batter and allowed three sacrifices.  Alexis Curran pitched two innings and gave up no hits and no runs.  She struck out none and walked two.  Chariton's defense committed four errors.
   Chariton had just one hit in the game.  Kendall Hardie went 1-1 with a single.  Kourtney Nichols went 0-2 and reached base by error once.  Carley Arnold went 0-2.  Emma Fuhs went 0-1 with a walk.  Micaela Folkerts, Nikki Vande Lune and Curran each went 0-2.  Saydee Terrell went 0-2 and Sarah Fuhs went 0-1.  Taylor Sandy went 0-1 with a walk and Maria Blong went 0-1.  Brittany White and Jessica Wiederholt also played.
   Chariton had 15 put outs as a team.  Arnold had five and Folkerts had three.  Blong had two.  Hardie, Nichols, Emma Fuhs, Sarah Fuhs and Terrell each had one.  Chariton had nine assists.  Bengtson had three and Sandy had two.  Arnold, Folkerts, Terrell and Blong each had one.
Chariton 2  Saydel 0
   In the second game, Bengtson pitched a one-hitter and Chariton pounded out nine hits.  The Lady Chargers also committed just one error.
   "Kourtney Nichols did a good job of hitting in this game to score both runs.  Ellie gave up only one walk.  Alexis had two assists throwing runners out at third base," Coach Seuferer said.
   Bengtson went the distance on the mound and got the win.  In seven innings, she gave up no runs and one hit while striking out one and walking one.  She also gave up one sacrifice.
   Chariton scored once in the third and once in the seventh.  Nichols went 2-4 with two singles, two RBIs and a stolen base.  Blong went 1-2 with a single and a sacrifice.  Emma Fuhs went 1-3 with a double.  Vande Lune went 1-3 with a single.  Curran went 1-3 with a single and a run scored.  Folkerts went 1-1 with a single, a sacrifice and was hit by a pitch.  Arnold went 1-4 with a single and Hardie went 1-4 with a single.  Sandy went 0-3 and reached base by error once.  Jessica Wiederholt scored one run as a pinch runner.
   Chariton had 21 put outs.  Arnold had seven and Emma Fuhs had three.  Hardie, Nichols, Folkerts and Sandy each had two.  Bengtson, Curran and Blong each had one.  Chariton had 12 assists.  Hardie had five and Curran had two, Bengtson, Arnold, Fuhs, Folkerts and Sandy each had one.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Varsity Girls Upset Bid Against #3 Clarke Falls Just Short

Chariton Leader, July 1, 2014
Bill Howes, Associate Editor

   A great effort came up a little short in the Chariton Varsity Girls 6-3 loss at #3 Clarke on June 26th.  Clarke is the third ranked team in Class 3A and Chariton gave Clarke all they could handle before falling.  The Lady Charger played great defense committing no errors.
   Chariton scored two runs in the top of the second to take a 2-0 lead.  Nikki Vande Lune hit a two out single and Alexis Curran hit a two run home run to give Chariton a 2-0 lead.  Clarke cut the lead to 2-1 with a run in the bottom of the second.
   Chariton still led 2-1 going into the bottom of the fifth when Clarke scored to tie it at 2-2.  The Lady Indians had a big inning in the sixth to spoil Chariton's upset hopes, scoring four runs to take a 6-2 lead.  Chariton scored once more in the seventh to cut it to 6-3 but couldn't get any closer.  Delaney Richards led off the top of the seventh with a single and scored on a Curran single with one out.
   Ellie Bengtson pitched well in defeat and took the loss.  In six innings she gave up, six runs, five earned, on 11 hits, while striking out five and walking four.  She also hit one batter.
   Chariton had five hits.  Curran went 2-3 with a home run and a single, a run scored and three RBIs.  Richards went 2-3 with two singles and a run scored.  Vande Lune went 1-3 with a single and a run scored.
   Kendall Hardie went 0-4 and reached base on error once.  Kourtney Nichols went 0-3 and reached base on error twice.  Carley Arnold, Emma Fuhs, Sarah Fuhs and Micaela Folkers each went 0-3.  
   Chariton had 18 put outs.  Emma Fuhs led the team with five and Folkerts had four.  Hardie and Arnold had three apiece.  Richards had two and Nichols had one.  Chariton had 10 assists.  Bengtson had six and Hardie had three.  Richards had one.