Coming off two-straight losses themselves in Fairfield on Saturday, Davis County could not find an answer to the Chargers early strike. The Mustangs saw a one-out single in the opening inning erased by a line drive off the bat of Cami Guiter snared by Bengtson and turned into an inning-ending double play.
“You have to give a lot of that credit to Chariton,” Davis County head softball coach Jason Lough said. “They made great plays. I don’t think they had an error. It just seemed like no matter what we did, we couldn’t string anything together at the plate.”
“I thought we played solid defense,” Seuferer added. “That was huge for us too. That’s another one of our goals. We’re good enough to get to balls and not give up a big hit to bring a lot of runs across.”
In fact, the Mustangs only advanced runners into scoring position three times all night and stranded four runners on for the entire game. Any scoring rallies Davis County tried to come up with were halted by Bengtson, who seemed to get even tougher as the game went on as the Mustangs tried to work the pitch count only to be set down as the Charger sophomore collected five her seven strike outs in the final three innings.
“One of the goals I made for myself earlier in the day was to cut down on my walks,” Bengtson said. “I wanted to have two less walks in this game. Obviously, I got that.”
“She was tough. She didn’t give in on anything,” Lough said of the Chariton hurler.
The Chargers gave Bengtson enough insurance with single runs in the fifth and seventh. Junior Kourtney Nichols brought home both runs, scoring Kylie Bengtson with an RBI groundout in the fifth before beating out an infield single to score Chelsea McGee in the seventh.