Briar Cliff celebrated the 50th anniversary of Charger softball as well as Senior Day Saturday with a doubleheader against Hastings at Bishop Mueller Field. The Chargers split with the Broncos, winning game one 9-0 in five innings and dropping game two 4-1.
Mailee Jensen pitched all five innings of game one, giving up just one hit and striking out three while walking two.
A big fourth inning gave the Chargers the win in game one. Up 2-0 heading into the frame, BC exploded for seven runs to put the game out of reach and ensure the run-rule victory. With runners on first and third, Brooke Masi grounded out to second but scored Lauren Kouri to go up 3-0.
Rachele Heaton reached third and went on to steal home for the 4-0 score. Josie Chronic scored on a double from Alexis Westercamp, and Samantha Macdonald doubled to bring in Calling Billings and Westercamp for a 7-0 game.
Billings, Westercamp and Jensen all went 2-for-3 at the plate. Macdonald’s two RBIs were a game-high.
Hastings scored two runs in the first inning and two more in the sixth to take game two from the Chargers. Rachele Heaton scored the Cliff’s only run on and RBI from Chronic, who led the team with two hits.
“The girls put themselves in position to potentially go to the the GPAC tournament, which has not happened in several years,” said head coach Erin Bly. “Either way, our seniors have helped this program get back on its way up and I could not be more proud of them.”
The Chargers are in a three-way tie for eighth place at the end of the regular GPAC season and will have to wait for an official announcement from the conference to learn their postseason fate.
BC finishes the regular season 23-23 with an 8-14 GPAC mark.