A big seventh inning rally wasn’t quite enough for the Chariton Varsity baseball team in a 7-4 loss to Davis County at Milledge Field in Chariton Monday, June 28.

The Mustangs built an early lead by scoring once in the first and four runs in the third to take a 5-0 lead. They added one more run in the fourth and one in the top of the seventh to take a 7-0 lead going into the bottom half of the last inning.

The Chargers put forth a furious comeback and scored four runs in the bottom half of the seventh to cut the lead to 7-4, but couldn’t get any closer. With the loss, the Chargers moved to 3-16 overall.

Aidan Mundt and Preston Lane both pitched for Chariton and Mundt took the loss on the mound. Mundt pitched three and 2/3 innings and gave up six runs, all earned, on 11 hits, while striking out one and walking one.

Lane pitched three and 1/3 innings and gave up one earned run and no hits while striking out two and walking two. The Charger defense played well the whole game committing no errors.

Chariton struggled at the plate with only three hits and 12 strikeouts. On the positive side, they also had six walks and four RBIs.

Mundt went 1-3 with a single and an RBI and was hit by a pitch. Catcher Kaleb Offenburger went 1-3 with a single. Designated hitter Caleb Werts went 1-3 with a single.

Left fielder Kasyn Paige went 0-2 with a run scored and two walks. Second baseman Quenten Curtis went 0-2 with a run scored, an RBI, a walk and he was hit by a pitch. Third baseman Kaden Fitzgerald went 0-3 with an RBI and a walk. Shortstop Mason Smith went 0-4 with an RBI.

Right fielder Brock Oxenreider went 0-2 with a walk. Lane went 0-4 at the plate. Center fielder Alex Bates went 0-2 with a run scored and a walk. Courtesy runner Nathan Anderson scored one run.

Defensively, Chariton had 21 put outs and five assists. Smith led the team in put outs with four. Fitzgerald, Offenburger, Lane and Bates had three apiece. Paige and Mundt each had two put outs and Curtis had one. Fitzgerald and Smith each led the team in assists with two apiece. Offenburger had one assist.