The Chariton varsity softball team competed at the Oskaloosa Tournament this past Saturday. The Lady Chargers fell to Pella Christian, 11-0, and played better in the second game against Oskaloosa, where they lost 7-2.

Pella Christian 11 Chariton 0

In this game, there was no score after two innings but Pella Christian went on a scoring binge scoring 11 total runs in the third through sixth innings. Chariton couldn’t get their offense going and they struggled defensively.

“This game was a disappointment. We committed five errors. I felt that this was a winnable game, but our effort and attitude hurt us,” Chariton Head Coach Deb Seuferer said.

Grace Bengtson pitched the whole game and took the loss. In five innings she gave up 11 runs, eight earned, on 11 hits while striking out six and walking two.

Chariton had just three hits at the plate but they also had only two strikeouts. Shortstop Haddon Anderson went 1-3 with one single. First baseman Layne Braby went 1-2 with one single. Center fielder Leah Doran went 1-2 with one single.

Bengtson went 0-2 with one walk. Catcher Macy Johnston went 0-2. Third baseman Macy Wood and right fielder Taylor Welch each went 0-3. Second baseman Lexi Smyser went 0-2 with a sacrifice bunt. Designated hitter Brenna Shriver and left fielder Savannah Williams each went 0-1.

Defensively, Chariton had 15 put outs and 13 assists. Johnston and Braby each led the team in put outs with six. Smyser had two and Anderson had one.

Bengtson led the team in assists with 10. Wood had two assists and Smyser had one.

Oskaloosa 7 Chariton 2

This game was closer and was tied 1-1 after the first three innings. Each team scored once in the first and the score remained 1-1 until the fourth when the Lady Indians scored four runs to take a 5-1 lead.

Each team scored once in the sixth to make it 6-2 Oskaloosa. Unfortunately, Chariton couldn’t get any closer as the Lady Indians scored one more run in the seventh.

“We did a good job of competing in this game. We scored a couple of runs,” Coach Seuferer said.

Bengtson went the distance on the mound and took the loss. In seven innings she gave up seven runs, six earned, on 11 hits while striking out two and walking two. Chariton cut down on errors committing just three in this game.

Read the June 6, 2019 edition of the Chariton Herald-Patriot for the rest of the story.

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