The Chariton Varsity baseball team was in control and led for most of the game but gave up eight runs over the final two innings in an 8-4 loss to Saydel on Senior Night at Chariton Monday night.

The Chargers scored twice in the third inning and once in the fourth to take an early 3-0 lead and were in control.

In the bottom of the third, Brady Hamilton drew a one-out walk and Logan Caudill smacked a base hit to left to put runners at first and second. Jackson Fisher hit a grounder to short and was safe at first to load the bases with one out.

Catcher Colbie Werts drew a walk to score courtesy runner Kaden Fitzgerald and give Chariton a 1-0 lead. A passed ball with two outs scored Caudill for Chariton to put them up 2-0.

In the bottom of the fourth, Quenten Curtis drew a lead off walk. P.J. Rich hit the ball to short and was safe at first. Hamilton had an infield hit to load the bases with no outs.

With two outs, Werts was up and hit the ball to the third baseman who couldn’t haul it in and allowed a run to score to put Chariton up 3-0.

The score remained 3-0 until the top of the sixth when Saydel had a big inning scoring five runs to take a 5-3 lead. The Eagles scored three more runs in the seventh to go up, 8-3. Chariton scored once in the bottom of the seventh to cut it to 8-4 but they couldn’t get any closer.

Fisher took the loss on the mound. In two innings he gave up five runs, two earned, on four hits while striking out four and walking two. Hamilton started on the mound and threw for five innings giving up three runs, all earned, on two hits while striking out four and walking nine.

Chariton had nine hits, six walks and two RBIs at the plate. Fisher went 2-5 with a triple, a single and a stolen base.

Hamilton went 2-4 with two singles and a walk. Rich went 2-4 with two singles.

Read the July 11, 2019 edition of the Chariton Herald-Patriot for the rest of the story.

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