The 2-0 score held up through the third. One of the major factors in game two was that the Blue Demons left the bases loaded in the third.
“If we tack on a couple of more there, it changes the game and it maybe could have been a lot different,” said Brittain.
In the middle of the Albia threat, Schroeder made a trip to the mound to talk to Chariton second game starter and winner, Jordan Baughman.
“He just told me to stick with my routine and I’d be OK,” said Baughman. “I’m used to playing short and pitching the second game, so that wasn’t going to be a problem.”
The top of the fourth was the fatal inning for the Blue Demons. The Chargers had four hits but Albia’s three errors caused three of the six Chariton runs to be unearned.
“We just needed to make a play and we didn’t get it done,” added Brittain.
Peterson and Baughman opened the Chariton fourth with back-to-back singles for their second hits of the game. Wright and Brett Braida delivered RBIs, and two Blue Demon errors and a wild pitch allowed the other runs to score. Aggressive Charger base running caused some of the problems for the Albia infield.
Schroeder talked about the big inning.
“We always look to put pressure on the defense by being aggressive and taking the extra base.
I think we ran ourselves into a couple of those runs.”
Albia added a run in the home fifth. Luse’s single and stolen base was followed up by Osing’s RBI single. Baughman would retire the Blue Demons in order in the sixth and seventh to close out the sweep.
After getting out of the tough fourth, Albia starting pitcher Vic Sanders would go on to finish his gutsy, complete game performance. He would allow Chartion only a single run in the seventh. Peterson and Baughman would each have their third game two hit and Wright delivered the RBI.