Albia never had a serious scoring threat in the middle innings and when Chariton added two runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth, they were comfortably up 6-0. The Chargers had only two hits while adding the runs but they would score three of the runs on wild pitches. Token Hall’s double plated the other.
Chariton went up 7-0 in the sixth. Ritenour’s sacrifice fly scored Ben Kinser, who had doubled earlier in the inning.
The Blue Demons finally got to Palmer in the sixth. Back-to-back two-out hits by Austin Luse and Griffin Osing accounted for Albia’s lone run. Osing had a double for the RBI. Palmer ended the inning with his ninth strikeout.
“Charlie gave us a great start,” said Schroeder. “The biggest improvement he has made is that he doesn’t give up many walks.”
Chariton stranded two runners in the seventh and Alex Wright came on in relief for Chariton and retired the Blue Demons in order to end it.
The Chargers failed to score in the top of the opening inning of game two. Number two and number three hitters, Lucas Heaverlo and Austin Peterson, each singled. Albia catcher Gabe Gravert erased both runners by throwing them out trying to steal second.
Even though both runners were erased, the hits seemed to awaken the bats of the top of the Chariton lineup. The first four hitters would have nine of the 11 game-two Charger hits.
Peterson, who had three hits, talked about what got the lineup going.
“We all just focused on what we were playing for. Also, the second game is usually a better hitting game because a lot of high school pitchers are similar.”
In game two, Albia came out with aggressive at bats early to take a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Hugh Sinclair and Ethan Gray had back-to-back singles. The first run scored on Bryce Leshen’s sacrifice fly and Osing’s double scored the second.