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June 9, 2014

Late-game heroics lift Chargers past No. 9 Albia

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Albia jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in their first at-bat of the second game. The Blue Demons took a commanding lead in the second by scoring six runs on seven hits. O’Leary and Bryce Leshen each had RBI base hits, but the big blow was a two-run double by Hugen.

Chariton answered with a single run in the home second. Ethan Curnette singled to drive in Spencer Sherrick, who had singled earlier. Albia went up 8-1 in the top of the third as O’Leary scored on Griffin Osing’s sacrifice fly.

Albia had nine first-game hits, but left nine runners on base. In the first three innings of game two, the Blue Demons pounded out eight of their 10 hits, but had left seven runners stranded.

“That really hurt,” said Brittain. “We need to make that a lot better.”

Schofield faced only the minimum number of hitters over the next four innings. He and the Blue Demons took an 8-1 lead to the seventh. Albia was retired in order by Woods in the seventh to set the stage for the Charger comeback.

Ritenour led off the Charger seventh with a single. Three walks and an Albia error led to three Chariton runs and cut the lead down to 8-4.

After a visit by the coach to the mound, a tiring Schofield allowed a two-run single by John Lazear and Ritenour’s second hit of the frame. The two-run double by Ritenour tied the game at 8-8.

“I’m seeing the ball really well right now and I was looking for him to come in with a strike on the first pitch,” said Ritenour. “It was on the outer part of the plate, so I took it to right center.”

“We’ve been struggling to score runs, so the number of runs we scored in the comeback was really good,” added Schroeder.

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