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Softball sweeps Black Hills

CSC’s Stephanie Townsend, (11), senior pitcher of Roosevelt, Utah, hits the ball during Wednesday’s double-header against Black Hills State University. — Photo by Kinley Q. Nichols

CSC’s Stephanie Townsend, (11), senior pitcher of Roosevelt, Utah, hits the ball during Wednesday’s double-header against Black Hills State University. — Photo by Kinley Q. Nichols

You know those cold mornings, when you try to start your car and it just whines pathetically for a few seconds, and then roars to life with no warning?

That’s pretty much the story of the Eagles’ season so far.

They had a fairly slow start, losing 10 of their first 13 games, but their fortunes have been improving lately. Early in March, they won three of four games against Regis State University, and yesterday they trounced the Black Hills State University Yellow Jackets 4-2 and 12-0 in a pair of games. The victory improves Chadron’s record to 11-20 (9-13 RMAC).

“We’re focusing on being more consistent in terms of scoring runs and batting,” head coach Rob Stack said, “And we want to be sure we’re aggressive in a smart way.”

The focus paid off this weekend for the Eagles. In the first game, both teams found the scoreboard early, but the contest slowed down with the score tied at two until the bottom of the final inning, when sophomore Katie Londo, third base, of Colorado Springs, Colo., cranked out a clutch homerun to seal the game.

The hit also served to crack open the next game for the Eagles, who blasted their way to a 12-0 victory with no errors. The game, which ended early due to the mercy rule, went to only five innings.

Chadron fielded two pitchers on the day. Sophomore Aryn Grywusiewicz of Denver handled the first game, striking four batters out and allowing four hits. Senior Stephanie Townsend of Roosevelt, Utah, pitched the second game, striking four batters out and allowing only two hits.

Chadron will host Colorado Mesa University at home on Saturday and Sunday. The Eagles are currently ranked 11th in the RMAC, but Stack is optimistic about his team’s chances to climb the ranks and seize a conference tournament berth.

“We’re only two games out of the eighth spot,” Stack said, “And that can be made up in a weekend.”

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